The No.1 Best Wine Value of 2021

Great wine doesn’t have to be expensive. In celebration of those wines that overdeliver on quality for the price, Wine Spectator selected the Top 10 Wine Values of 2021, with Allan Scott
Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough 2021 taking first place on the list!

The No.1 Best Wine Value / 93 Point bottle of Allan Scott Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc that you might be holding or pouring from is a warm hello and thank you from the family of innovative and adventurous winemakers — we have an unparalleled desire to let you try the best of what New Zealand has had to offer since 1975 and love nothing more than emptying a few bottles and sharing laughs together.

“Perhaps the biggest success for the business and Vintage 2021 has been its evolution into a true family business. Josh Scott and my younger daughter Sara Stocker assumed control of the company and head up the production, management and development of the company with a highly skilled operational team. They grew up on the vineyard, learned from the rest and brought their own flair into the company and wine. Vintage 2021 was their year and as the next year’s work starts now, the best is yet to come.” Allan Scott

Perfecting the taste of a pure NZ summer

Wine scores and reviews are important to us as they provide a clear indication of whether we are on the right track, and there is also the added benefit of letting you make the best choice possible by having an independent expert opinion.

With every vintage we strive towards creating the purest, most memorable, and best possible wine out of what nature has gifted us in the form of soil, sun, water and wind. It often morphs into a subtle art, with personal techniques, secrets, newest and at times most forgotten ways of making wine. This year we are celebrating with yet another recognition for what has become the icon of NZ winemaking — Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc.

Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc

“Strikes a terrific balance between mouthwatering acidity, fresh herbal notes of lemon verbena and thyme, and core flavors of key lime, meyer lemon, pineapple and tangerine. Gains momentum on the finish, where the flavors sing in harmony and complexity.”  93 POINTS / MARYANN WOROBIEC / Wine Spectator

As the cheers, laughter, smiles, hugs and glass clinking slowly faded into the background of the light lit backyard, we couldn’t help but remember the journey that led us to this moment. From vine to glass is a period of 12 months, seen in the vintage number that you see on the bottle, but for us, it has been a journey of 50 years.

A 93 Point score for wine in its purest, freshest, un-cellared form is the remarkable story of Marlborough wine — from the creation of the region’s first vineyards, to the global success of New Zealand’s Sauvignon Blanc industry — and is also the very personal story of Scott Family Winemakers. It is a story that involved a good deal of perseverance and like-mindedness, as well as some extraordinary ingenuity that revolutionised local winemaking.

True, New Zealand’s wine industry dates back more than a century, rather than a mere few decades. But we could all agree that good-tasting wine was popping up only in the late 1970s or even the early 1980s. Fast forward 40 years of hands-on work, risk, experimentation, failures, successes, endless days spent on the road and in the dirt, to elevate the image of NZ wine, all while juggling raising families.

First Marlborough vines

The 93 Point bottle of Allan Scott Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc that you might be holding or pouring from is a warm hello and thank you from the family of innovative and adventurous winemakers — we have an unparalleled desire to let you try the best of what New Zealand has had to offer since 1975 and love nothing more than emptying a few bottles and sharing laughs together.

“Perhaps the biggest success for the business and Vintage 2021 has been its evolution into a true family business. Josh Scott and my younger daughter Sara Stocker assumed control of the company and head up the production, management and development of the company with a highly skilled operational team. They grew up on the vineyard, learned from the rest and brought their own flair into the company and wine. Vintage 2021 was their year and as the next year’s work starts now, the best is yet to come.” Allan Scott

Wherever you are in the world, we would like to invite you to “visit” us by cracking open a bottle of Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc, the perfect taste of a pure NZ summer, a journey of decades and a thousand words.

The Top 50 Gold medal-winning Merlot!

We are delighted to share that our delicious Allan Scott 2020 Hawkes Bay Merlot has won GOLD in the New World Wine Awards 2021 and made it to the Top 50 wines!

The wines were judged using the same internationally recognised 100-point system used at other leading wine shows, which benchmarks entries against what a perfect wine should be like. A Gold medal wine in these awards is a superb example of its type and you can hold it to the same expectations as a Gold medal wine from other respected awards.

More than 1,100 wines were put to the test and our Merlot has been recognised for its outstanding quality.⁠

Head on down to your local New World and taste it for yourself. We (along with an expert panel of wine judges) can guarantee it won’t disappoint!

Hawkes Bay’s temperate climate and plentiful sunshine make the region ideal for fruit-growing. Visit NZ Wine to learn more about the region and its wine.

2020 Merlot is a perfect accompaniment to good strong cheese or barbequed meats. Best served at room temperature and given a little time to breathe.

“It’s splendidly ripe and fragrant with Black Doris plum, sweet cherry, cedary oak, olive and subtle spice notes, leading to a beautifully weighted palate offering silken texture and finely polished tannins. Flavoursome and immediately appealing. At its best: now to 2028.”  Sam Kim

Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc of a new kind

Sauvignon Blanc has put New Zealand winemaking on the map, and we are proud of how far we have come in the last 50 years.
Back then, planting wines in Marlborough was unheard of, and today we would like to carry the legacy and let you try Sauvignon Blanc from a very unique part of Marlborough – Kekerengu Coast.

Kēkerengū is situated near the mouth of the Kēkerengū River which runs into the sea at a rock promontory north of the Clarence River, approximately midway between Blenheim and Kaikōura on State Highway One in the current Kaikōura District, within the historic Marlborough provincial boundaries. It is still part of the Marlborough Geographical Appellation. Find out more about the history.

Kekerengu Vineyard

This vineyard is located next to the sea, has a unique soil structure and a microclimate like no other in Marlborough.

Vintage 2021 was a normal growing season compared to last year’s uncertainty, except for harvest commencing early and finishing right before the Easter long weekend. Overall, great sunshine hours, low disease pressure, light crops, and ripe fruit, all come together to produce some outstanding fruit and in turn some great wines.

Allan Scott Family Winemakers Kekerengu 2021 Sauvignon Blanc is complex, crisp, herbaceous, salty and savoury Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc of a new kind. 

Our Kekerengu 2021 Sauvignon Blanc is certified Appellation Marlborough Wine. AMW certification ensures consumers of the origin and authenticity of their purchase.

Allan Scott Kekerengu Sauvignon Blanc

Marlborough Apprentice 2021

We are very excited to have entered The Hits Marlborough Apprentice competition with NMIT.⁠⁠
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We’d love for you to come to join us at Moa Brewery this Friday at 3.30 pm to cheer on our apprentice Jono and have a glass with us.⁠⁠
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Meet our Apprentice Jono Poswillo

Marlborough Apprentice

About the Apprentice

Some say he can drive with his eyes closed, others reckon he got his skills from playing Mario Kart, all we know is that his name is Jono and he sometimes drives colleagues crazy.

Why did you get into the role?

I was hoping to go into flying school to go down the aviation career pathway. To everyone’s surprise, Covid decided to come along and grounded those plans for me. After having a hard and long thought on what other industry I could go into, viticulture and winemaking stood out the most. I was lucky enough to have landed a job piloting the harvester for Allan Scott over vintage. This was an amazing opportunity and I suspect there are not many people that went straight into a harvester for the first vintage and first day on the job and especially being 18! This then led to a full-time apprenticeship which isn’t like any other. I get to try my hands on different aspects of operations, from dispatching of the wine, bottling, labelling anything around the cellar, vineyard work, working behind the bar in the restaurant. For me, being able to understand how everything works is a great skill in itself and that is why I am enjoying it so much. #Jonoofalltrades, master of somm.

In summary, it’s a fully hands-on role that starts from the growing of the grapes right up until it’s in my glass.

How long have you been in your industry?

I started with Allan Scott Family Winemakers mid to late February this year so it’s only been a few months.

Highlights of working for Allan Scott Wines?

The highlight would be driving the harvester. Absolutely blown away that I was given control of such a large and very complex machine! If you could imagine sitting 4-5 meters up in the air (day or night) and navigating a $500k machine straight into the row with only an 18cm margin of error, keeping an eye on the camera, getting lost in the maze of buttons (only at first of course) and your boss looking at your every move from the other side. There is a lot on the line, pun intended!

What is Rosé Wine?

Following in the footsteps of our European counterparts, New Zealand has seen a resurgence in the popularity of the Rosé style of wine. Some would say it is due to the simplicity of the wine style, and the sense of fun associated.

The majority of New Zealand’s Rosé is made from Pinot Noir, though a diverse array of other varieties are employed throughout the various regions.Allan Scott Pinot Noir

Careful planning and meticulous attention in the vineyard kept our grapes growing to their full potential this year. It has been an interesting season, with early budburst and a frosty couple of days hit Pinot Noir variety the most in Marlborough and a lower producing year was expected. As a result of lower crops, Pinot Noir have more flavour concentration. That is a win for our winemaking team and they made the most out of it.

Where does it come from?

Harvested from our Pinot Noir vineyards established in 1995 with a mixture of Dijon clones.

Within Marlborough, the Rapaura area along the northern edge of the Wairau Valley has become particularly prized. This is where we established the family’s vineyards, all in close proximity to the winery.

Location of Pinot Noir grapes used for Rosé production -41.504166, 173.854586

With its distinctive combination of cool nights, sunny days and young soils, it is recognised as one of the world’s greatest wine regions.

Omaka Vineyard Marlborough

What to expect from our 2021 Rosé?

Year on year out team tries their best to achieve and maintain the colour, aroma and flavour you come to expect of our Estate Rosé. The goal for elegant salmon pink Rosé to immediately present notes of luscious strawberries and cream. The palate to beautifully balanced with soft, ripe berry fruit flavours and a lift of acidity on the finish. The 2021 vintage is no exception, truly a touch of New Zealand summer in a glass.

Freshest Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc Vintage 2021

We would like to invite you to join the International Sauvignon Blanc Day celebration by raising a glass this weekend with the freshest drop!

We are beyond excited to share Marlborough 2021 Sauvignon Blanc straight off the bottling line. 

Winemakers have done a fantastic job over the last couple of months, working day & night. The wine is everything you come to expect of New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc.

Fresh, crisp and juicy herbed bouquet, with flavours of ripe tropical and citrus fruit, key lime and ruby grapefruit: the very essence of Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc.

Allan Scott wrapped-up Vintage 2021

With the 2021 harvest completed and grapes safely tucked away in tanks, we let our winemakers do their thing and treat us with new vintage wine in a couple of months time 🥂

Vintage 2021 was a normal growing season compared to last year’s uncertainty, except for harvest commencing early and finishing right before the Easter long weekend. The team expected a lower producing year due to a combination of frosts and cool weather during flowering that has caused “hens and chicks” across most grape varieties. As a result of lower crops, we expect 2021 wines to have more flavour concentration, and be more textured on the palate.

Careful planning and meticulous attention in the vineyard kept our grapes growing to their full potential.

Overall, great sunshine hours, low disease pressure, light crops, and ripe fruit, all come together to produce some outstanding fruit and in turn some great wines.

Sauvignon Blanc in the global TOP 100 wines

Allan Scott Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough 2020

Named in Wine Spectator’s Top 100 Wines of 2020
—Top 100 Wines Revealed at WineSpectator.com—

Wine Spectator, the world’s leading authority on wine, has announced Allan Scott Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough 2020 has been named the #23 wine in this year’s list of the Top 100 Wines. The full list of the Top 100 Wines can be found online at top100.winespectator.com.

“This year’s list is a diverse group, ranging from up-and-coming labels and regions to traditional estates exploring new directions,” said Thomas Matthews, Executive Editor, Wine Spectator. “Throughout 2020, the state of wine has remained strong, dynamic and resilient. We are excited to showcase this year’s Top 100 wines, and for our readers to enjoy them.”

“We are very honoured, humbled and proud to be named the Top 100 Wines. Our team is excited to be able to share with you the best of what Marlborough has to offer. Harvest 2020 was unpredictable. Right at the start, we had the CV-19 lockdown introduced, so we had to adapt to the newest ways. Once all systems in place, we went out all harvesters shaking and picked all our fruit. In hindsight, after seeing what fruit came in, it has been a super harvest, maybe one of the better ones Marlborough has seen for the last 20 years. Great sunshine hours, low disease pressure, light crops, and ripe fruit, all come together to produce some outstanding fruit and in turn some great wines.” said Josh Scott.

Through blind tastings performed by Wine Spectator’s editors, these 100 bottles were chosen from over 15,000 wines. Selections are based on four criteria: quality (represented by score), value (reflected by price), availability (based on the number of cases made or imported into the U.S.) and, most significantly, the “X-factor”—a compelling story behind the wine.

Wine Spectator’s Top 100 list has been an annual highlight since 1988, showcasing the best of wine from the past year, wineries worth watching in the future, and the producers and wines that Wine Spectator’s editors are most enthusiastic about.
The full Top 100 list will be featured at top100.winespectator.com and in the magazine’s December issue, with profiles for each wine. The print issue will be available on newsstands beginning December 21.

About Wine Spectator

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Bob’s affinity with Central Otago

Perhaps like Bob Campbell you’ll agree that the Scott Base range of wine stands above the rest. Recent reviews scored the Scott Base Emperor Methode Traditionnelle in the Top Rank of all NV Sparkling Chardonnay’s in New Zealand with 95 points and a Gold medal. This places the delicious Methode Traditionnelle above Cloudy Bay Pelorus and even the prestigious No. 1 Estate Reserve Blanc de Blancs.

Other varieties that scored well include Scott Base Pinot Noir Reserve 2017, 93 points and a Silver medal. Scott Base Pinot Noir 2018, 89 points with a Bronze medal, and Scott Base Chardonnay 2018, 89 points with a Bronze medal. Check these out at www.scottbasevineyards.co.nz

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