Raising the glass not once, twice but three times, Allan Scott Family Winemakers is toasting a number of shiny additions to the pool room after a successful awards season.
The team’s first win was at the Royal Easter Show, with gold honours for their 2017 Riesling and Pinot Gris against a strong 2017 vintage and a silver awarded from the winemaker’s premium Generations Marlborough Pinot Noir 2016.
The Cecilia Brut Methode Traditionnelle, a homage to Catherine ‘Cecilia’ Scott, was also awarded a silver taking the tally to four against an impressive set of over 1,000 different variants from around the country.
The Easter Show success was backed up with a nod from esteemed wine writer Michael Cooper, with the vineyard’s 2017 Pinot Gris awarded four stars in the annual ‘New Zealand Wines: Michael Cooper Buyer’s Guide’.
Head winemaker Josh Scott says the wins are a product of a successful season, with the team full throttle as they balanced their high winemaking standards whilst also exercising their innovative streak with concepts like wine in a can and a do-it-yourself red experiment, the Pinot Project.
One thing is certain at Allan Scott – we never stand still. 2017 was a stellar year for the vineyard and 2018 is shaping up to be much of the same.
“This year we are turning our eye to our Cromwell location Scott Base to see what can be achieved, while of course continuing to roll out some of the best drops in the Marlborough region,” says Josh.
Rounding out the accolades and hot off the press comes the news that the prestigious Winestate Magazine, Australasia’s biggest wine judging system, has taken a 4-star liking to the Allan Scott Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2017 as well as topping its best buys category, while both the Cecilia Vintage Methode Traditionelle 2013 and popular Sauvignon Blanc 2017 also gained 4-stars status.
“It’s encouraging to see such a wide range of our variants receive such high praise. Suffice to say here have been a few impromptu drinks of late at our restaurant Twelve Trees,” says Josh.
Allan Scott Marlborough Riesling 2017
Floral and lemon aromas with subtle underlying tropical notes, follow seamlessly through to the palate. Beautifully balanced with mouth-watering acidity resulting in a truly fruity wine with a long lingering finish. This wine is especially enjoyable with savoury and spicy dishes, with cheese or simply on its own. Best served lightly chilled, Allan Scott Riesling is guaranteed to improve for many years if carefully cellared.
Allan Scott Marlborough Pinot Gris 2017
Allan Scott Marlborough Pinot Gris pours a light straw colour and is rich in stonefruit. The short spell of skin contact to extract colour and flavour, resulted in the rich golden hue that will develop with age. Melon, citrus and stone fruit aromas are abundant in this wine that is easily approachable, and has versatility to accompany a broad range of cuisines.
Allan Scott Family Winemakers Cecilia Brut Méthode Traditionnelle NV
A silkily sparkling méthode traditionnelle made predominantly from Chardonnay, the aromas with the Brut are lemons and yeast yet they are slightly restrained, not giving anything away. Wild strawberries and stonefruit flavours abound with a hint of yeasty autolysis, its huge acid backbone is hidden by the fruit concentration. Cecilia Brut can be enjoyed anytime, whether for a celebration or to share with friends as an aperitif before a meal. Try matching with a creamy seafood chowder or a beautiful brie.
Allan Scott Family Winemakers Generations Pinot Noir 2016
Expect cherries, black doris plums and a maple savoury character on the nose. The ripe and sumptuous concentrated fruit is supported by subtle notes of oak. The wine finishes very smoothly with refined ripe, light tannins providing structure and a smooth silky long flavourful finish. A great wine on a cold winter’s day or matched with red meats, especially gamey food.
Allan Scott Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2017
Mouth-filling and juicy on the palate, this fruit-driven style of wine dances on the palate. Pomegranate juice and wild Marlborough Sounds banana passionfruit meet the citrus and herbaceous characters expected from a Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc. Always sensational with fresh Marlborough seafood, or try with West Coast whitebait fritters.
Allan Scott Cecilia Vintage Methode Traditionnelle
A white gold colour, this Blanc de Blancs has a fine mousse with distinctive lemon flavours and a light touch of tropical fruit, developing delightful honeycomb autolysis characteristics. Seductive on the palate, the seamless integration between the fruit concentration and the acidity makes for a mouthwatering finish with good length.