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Allan Scott Marlborough Riesling 1999

Riesling from Marlborough, New Zealand
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    Winemaker Notes

    Riesling has wide appeal with its floral bouquet, citrus taste and slight residual sweetness. Fermented in stainless steel tanks with little or no skin contact, we place importance on ripeness and good balance to maintain full fruit flavours and freshness. Vinted in a style that is a perfect accompaniment with lunch and dinner menus.

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    Allan Scott

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    Allan Scott, Marlborough, New Zealand
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    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.

    Marlborough

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    An icon and leading region of New Zealand's distinctive style of Sauvignon blanc, Marlborough has a unique terroir, making it ideal for high quality grape production (of many varieties). Despite some common generalizations, which could be fairly justified given that Marlborough is responsible for 90% of New Zealand's Sauvignon blanc production, the wines from this region are actually anything but homogenous. At the northern tip of New Zealand’s South Island, the vineyards of Marlborough benefit from well-draining stony soils, a dry, sunny climate and wide temperature fluctuations between day and night, a phenomenon that supports a perfect balance between berry ripeness and acidity.

    The region’s king variety, Sauvignon blanc, is beloved for its pungent, aromatic character with notes of exotic tropical fruit, freshly cut grass and green bell pepper along with a refreshing streak of stony minerality. These wines are made in a wide range of styles, and winemakers take advantage of various clones, vineyard sites, fermentation styles, lees-stirring and aging regimens to differentiate their bottlings, one from one another.

    Also produced successfully here are fruit-forward Pinot noirs (especially where soils are clay-rich), elegant Riesling, Pinot gris and Gewürztraminer.

    Riesling

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    A regal variety of incredible purity and precision, Riesling possesses a remarkable ability to reflect the character of wherever it is grown while still maintaining easily identifiable typicity. This versatile grape can be just as enjoyable dry or sweet, young or old, still or sparkling, and can age longer than nearly any other white variety. Riesling is best known in Germany and Alsace, and is also of great importance in Austria. The variety has also been particularly successful in Australia’s Clare and Eden Valleys, New Zealand, Oregon, Washington, cooler regions of California, and the Finger Lakes in New York.

    In the Glass

    Riesling is low in alcohol, with high acidity, steely minerality, and stone fruit, spice, citrus, and floral notes. At its ripest it leans towards juicy peach and nectarine, and pineapple, while in cooler climes it is more redolent of meyer lemon, lime, and green apple. With age, Riesling can become truly revelatory, developing unique, complex aromatics, often with a hint of gasoline.

    Perfect Pairings

    Riesling is very versatile, enjoying the company of sweet-fleshed fish like sole, most Asian food, especially Thai and Vietnamese (bottlings with some residual sugar and low alcohol are the perfect companions for dishes with substantial spice), and freshly shucked oysters. Sweeter styles work well with fruit-based desserts.

    Sommelier Secret

    It can be difficult to discern the level of sweetness in a Riesling, and German labeling laws do not make things any easier. Look for the world “trocken” to indicate a dry wine, or “halbtrocken” or “feinherb” for off-dry. Some producers will include a helpful sweetness scale on the back label—happily, a growing trend.

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