Allan Scott’s wines have been stocked at Tolchards since we started trading in 2009, and we have had an excellent relationship with him over the years, with Allan visiting us a number of times and providing informative, enjoyable tastings for customers and staff.
I was lucky enough to spend some time on holiday in New Zealand earlier this year, and of course couldn’t miss a visit to the Marlborough wine region on the South Island.
We had heard that his vineyards were next door to Cloudy Bay Vineyards, and sure enough we saw a sign for both as we approached. It is a family business with Allan’s wife Cathy, their son, and two daughters all involved, and we had the pleasure of meeting them all.
Allan gave us a personal tour of the vineyards and winery which was fascinating. The winery and bottling plant are in the process of being expanded, so there is a lot going on. Vineyards stretch through the valley to the spectacular mountains in the distance. The wine making equipment is ‘state of the art’ and very impressive. They continue to experiment with new techniques to continue to improve and enhance their wines. There is a touch of tradition in the cellars with French Oak casks that are used for maturing the Pinot Noirs that spend a year in wood. In New Zealand most wineries are geared up for tastings with a shop and restaurant, and Allan Scott is no exception. The premises are modern and stylish with a charming atmosphere that is very relaxing. We had lunch with Allan sitting outside, making the most of the weather, and enjoying some delicious food with some excellent wines.
The wines are outstanding and have to be tasted to be appreciated
The incredible thing about wine production in the Marlborough region is that the vines were only planted 40 years ago in the 70’s, and before that the land was used for sheep and some fruit production. At the time there was no certainty that the region and climate were adequate for wine production, but as it turned out, it produces some of the very best Sauvignon and Pinot Noir in the world.
The wines are outstanding and have to be tasted to be appreciated. In addition to the core wines Sauvignon and Pinot Noir, Allan produces Pinot Gris (same as Pinot Grigio but 10 times better!), Riesling,
Merlot, and a delicious dry sparkling wine. If you happen to be visiting New Zealand I would recommend a visit to the Marlborough region and in particular the Allan Scott winery.
Words By Patrick Nelson