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Allan Scott Marlborough Riesling 2008

Riesling from Marlborough, New Zealand
  • RP88
13.5% ABV
  • RP88
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13.5% ABV

Winemaker Notes

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.

Critical Acclaim

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RP 88
Robert Parker's 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.
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Allan Scott

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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Home to perhaps the world’s most easily recognizable Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough has a unique terroir that lends a unifying thread to all of its wines. But despite common misconceptions, the wines from this region at the northern tip of New Zealand’s South Island are anything but homogenous. With well-draining stony soils and a dry, sunny climate, the vineyards of Marlborough benefit from wide temperature fluctuations between day and night, which helps to preserve natural acidity in their fruit.

The region’s specialty, 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 and vineyards sites as well as fermentation, lees-stirring, and aging regimens to differentiate their bottlings from one another. Also produced successfully here are fruit-forward Pinot Noirs, elegant Riesling, Pinot Gris, and Gewürztraminer, and a wide range of Chardonnay styles, as well as more experimental varieties like Grüner Veltliner and Syrah.

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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