Allan Scott Marlborough Riesling 2008
Riesling from Marlborough, New Zealand
Showing lemon and orange citrus tones and a distinct tropical pineapple aroma, while orange blossom, white stonefruit and spice characters abound. Continuing through to the palate these flavours and the spice complexities combine with the structural compounds of acid and phenolics, resulting in a mouth watering wine with a finish that lasts.
Serving Suggestions: Riesling is a preferred accompaniment to a wide range of foods. 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.
The Wine Advocate - "The 2008 Riesling could do with more fruit intensity on the nose but hopefully that will come with a few months bottle age. The palate is medium-bodied, finely balanced with fresh apricot, hints of passion fruit and pawpaw, moving towards a strict, linear finish. This is elegant but again, give it one year in bottle."
Allan Scott Winery
Founded in 1990, Allan Scott Wines and Estates is owned and operated by Catherine and Allan Scott. It has extensive vineyards in the Jacksons Road area near Cloudy Bay in Marlborough. This being the most glamorous wine growing district in New Zealand.
Allan Scott was involved in establishing the first vineyards in Marlborough in 1973, before investing in vineyards of his own. (Mr. Marlborough) Allan Scott is now one of the country's 21 largest wine producers and is the largest family-owned, Marlborough based winery.
Allan Scott's winery shows the modern face of New Zealand wine making. A modern, up to date vineyard and winery is complimented with a sophisticated restaurant and the family owned business is expanding rapidly.
The key characteristic of the region is the rocky soil, combined with the clear intense light of the micro-climate, contributes to the distinctive flavors of the wines.
Allan Scott produces a range of white wines that are pure Marlborough - fresh appetizingly crisp and awash with flavor. A commitment and passion for quality have resulted in many award-winning vintages for the company. View all Allan Scott Wines
About MarlboroughView a map of Marlborough wineries (mahrl-bore-oh)
Sitting pretty on the northern tip of New Zealand's south island, Marlborough has become synonymous with New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc. As well it should be – Marlborough is the primary region for those delicious, citrusy, summer-lovin' wines with vibrant acidity and pungent, grassy, grapefruit flavors. Sauvignon Blanc is the main grape here; Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Riesling are also made.
Notable FactsThe region has well-drained alluvial loam soils, which are perfect for grape growing. The grapes receive a good deal of sunshine during the day, but recovers in the cool evenings. Marlborough's growing season is long, which helps foster the gradual, even ripening of the grapes. Not made for much aging, the Sauvignon Blancs of Marlborough are of the buy ‘em and drink ‘em class of wine. Expect little vintage variation here - quantity differs more than quality.
About New ZealandThe country of New Zealand is about 1000 miles from the coast of Australia. It consists of two long islands, end to end, that are approximately the same length as California. Most of the country's climate is maritime due to the abundant coastline. The northern island is warmer and wetter, while the southern island is cooler and dryer. The most popular grapes of New Zealand are Sauvignon Blanc (made most famous by the bright, crisp wines coming out of Marlborough), Chardonnay and the ever-growing Pinot Noir.
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Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Crisp
- Light to medium bodied wines that are high in acid and light to medium fruit. Typically no oak.
Fruity & Smooth
- Light to medium bodied wines with lots of juicy fruit, typically medium acid and medium oak.
Rich & Creamy
- Full bodied wines that have typically undergone malo-lactic fermentation and/or spent time in oak.