Scout 2021 Central Otago Pinot Noir (6 Bottles) Waipara, New Zealand

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This is a blend of two sites – the Muirkirk vineyard in Bannockburn (situated on Felton Road) has a rich, loamy-based soil. The second site is the Van Der Mark vineyard in Bendigo. Located on the Bendigo terrace at 400m elevation, it is a stony, schist-based soil with a northerly aspect. The soil is poor and tough resulting in the vines producing small amounts of fruit with great concentration, spice flavour and a fine tannin profile.

The fruit was hand-picked and wild fermented with 70% and 30% whole-bunch for the Bannockburn and Bendigo sites respectively. The ferments were pumped over and only plunged three times each day to avoid over-extraction in a small berry year like 2021. The Bannockburn wine was pressed after 14 days for brightness and energy, while the Bendigo wine was left for 30 days to develop those fine, spicy tannins. Pressed and aged in old French oak barriques and puncheons.

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About Scout Wines

Sarah Adamson, Winemaker at Scout Wines

Growing up in the Deep South of New Zealand, winemaking wasn’t even talked about when considering career options in my final years of school. Luckily, my parents had a great cellar and interest in wine which in turn sparked an enthusiasm

With a love for science and the outdoors I began to explore all options and found myself chatting to Invercargill’s only other Viticultural graduate. After a year of BSc and LLB, I left Canterbury University to pursue a career in winemaking. There was no turning back, and I have no regrets!

My favourite part of winemaking is blending. I love seeing all the parcels and batches come together to create what is going to be in the bottle.

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