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The wines of Allan Scott, Marlborough, New Zealand

Jacksons Road, R.D. 3, Blenheim, Marlborough, South Island, New Zealand
Telephone: +64 3 572 9054 · Fax: +64 3 572 9053
E-mail: info@allanscott.com Website: http://www.allanscott.com
UK agent: Lay & Wheeler (richard.sunderland@laywheeler.com)

Allan and his wife Catherine founded their own Marlborough estate in 1990, after many years working as grape suppliers. Allan Scott Wines is now the region’s largest family-owned winery, with 35 ha of vines split between three separate vineyards. These wines are of good quality and are priced attractively. The one caveat to these notes is that the wines were being shown ice cold, and probably a little too cold for proper evaluation. [Aside: important message to importers, agents and wineries who are showing white wines: don’t just leave them in an ice bucket. Please. Few wines benefit from being tasted at 2ºC]

Moa Ridge Sauvignon Blanc 2001, Marlborough
Very bright, grassy nose with a rounded blackcurrant character. Fresh, bright palate with lots of interest. Very good+ (£5.99 Lay & Wheeler, Cochonnet)

Moa Ridge Chardonnay 2000, Marlborough
Quite deep coloured with a herbal edge and some papaya/tinned pea character. Fruity, herbal palate is on the fresh style with good acidity. A good commercial style. Very good (£6.99 Lay & Wheeler)

Riesling 2001, Marlborough
Extremely pure crisp, clean nose with a citrussy, floral character. Racy acidity and crisp citrus fruit on the bone dry palate. Very fresh and youthful. Very good+ (£7.99 Lay & Wheeler)

Sauvignon Blanc 2001, Marlborough
A very ‘pure’ wine. Pale coloured. Fresh bright citrus edge to the nose with some grassiness. Very fresh bright palate with high acidity. At the fresh end of the Sauvignon spectrum, this is a good food wine. Very good+ (£7.99 Lay & Wheeler)

Chardonnay 2000, Marlbrough
Crisp nose with some citrus fruit and herbal, tinned pea character. Some richness to the palate with a distinct herby edge. Fresh and savoury, this is quite attractive stuff. Very good+ (£7.99 Lay & Wheeler, Noel Young)

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wines tasted February 2002; article published September 2002