Classic Central Otago Pinot Noir has aromatics of ripe cherries, raspberries and wild thyme. The palate is full of primary red fruits and finishes with smooth tannins and light oak sweetness.
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 leaves are removed to encourage the vine to concentrate on fruit production.
The Scott Base Pinot Noir is carefully picked and whole berry fermented. It spends 30 days on its skin to help extract colour, tannins and fruit characters. After fermentation the wine ages for 10 months in French oak barriques before being lightly racked and filtered ready for bottling.
Ideal with pâtés and salami, this wine matches beautifully with beef and lamb dishes, and try also pairing with game. Don’t be afraid to serve with it with a dark chocolate mousse either.
Drink now or cellar for up to 5 years
Harpers Wine Stars 3 Stars – 2020 vintage