Allan Scott Marlborough Pinot Noir 2010
A cool climate grape, Pinot Noir is particularly suited to the Marlborough region. The aging of our vines and the greater understanding we gain as growers has enabled us to further develop our Pinot Noir style each year and the 2009 vintage is no exception, continuing our aim in developing our own distinctive style.
Two cane pruning, shoot removal, bunch thinning and leaf plucking are just some of the vineyard husbandry techniques to ensure concentrated flavours and desirable sugar levels.
Hand sorted, destemmed, then crushed into open top fermenters the grapes were subsequently cooled rapidly. After cold soaking for colour extraction the must was warmed, then, with indigenous yeasts only, primary fermentation took place. During fermentation and the post ferment maceration process the cap is plunged several times daily to extract colour and flavour, until the must reached dryness. The wine is then left in tank to ‘post macerate’ on its skins. When the desirable flavour profile is reached the wine is pressed off, settled and transferred to a mixture of new and old French oak 500 litre puncheons. These are put through full malolactic fermentation and left to mature and develop on lees.
Fruit driven, this wine is rich and dark with red cherries, raspberries and violets on the nose, along with well integrated French oak and creaminess from the malolactic fermention. Subtle smoky oak characters and bright berry fruit flavours on the palate and a nice velvety finish make this a delightfully harmonious Pinot Noir.
Pinot Noir is particularly well matched with lamb and game meats. A very food friendly wine complementing savoury dishes but is also enjoyable on its own. Best served at room temperature and given a little time to breathe. Drink now or cellar for up to 5.