Allan Scott, Scott Base Pinot Noir
Brand : Allan Scott
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- Central Otago
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- Pinot Noir
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The Scott family, owners of Allan Scott Family Winemakers, have long had an affinity with Central Otago. The Scott Base Vineyard was established in 1994 and is situated in the heart of Central Otago on terraces overlooking the town of Cromwell and Lake Dunstan.
Scott Base is a terraced vineyard with sandy, silty, loam soil, and sustainably managed. The vines are spur pruned and the laterals removed to encourage the vine to concentrate on fruit production. The Pinot Noir Reserve grapes come off the vines at the bottom of the terrace.
Each batch of grapes was hand-picked in the cool of the morning, pressed, and the juice settled at cool temperatures. This was then 25% whole bunch fermented using wild yeasts. When the alcoholic fermentation is near completion the wine is allowed to go through a full malolactic fermentation and then a further maturation in barrels.
This Pinot Noir is big, grunty, and full bodied. The luscious deep burgundy colour carries lots of toasted cigar and cedar notes and is backed up with juicy plum jam and ripe tamarillo aromas. It has a rich fruit sweetness but finishes surprisingly smooth on the palate, with a smokiness that lingers on. It needs to be cellared for 3 to 4 years to be at its best as its still so big now.
Ideal with patés and salami, this wine matches beautifully with beef and lamb dishes, and try also pairing with game. Don’t be afraid to serve with a dark chocolate mousse either.