Mix it up, Max! Blend Your Own Pinot Noir Seriously? Seriously. What, like, you know, pick, stomp, blend, age, um, drink? Pretty much... OK, not exactly. But if you've ever fancied yourself as a winemaker, here's your chance. Purchase the pack of wines, taste, swirl, re-taste, make notes, use the rubber end of the pencil. Work out your optimum blend of the three single clones of Pinot Noir in the pack, share it on our Facebook page - using the hashtag #ScottBaseWinemaker, and winemaker Josh Scott will assess the entries. If your palate chimes with his, you'll be off to the winery in Central Otago for a Unique Winery Experience.
About the Pinot Project clones
Scott Base Clone 10/5
This was the first clone to come to NZ in the 60s and was widely planted by the first Pinot Noir producers. It originates from Burgundy, France and although a lot of early producers used it for the production of Methode Traditionnelle, with age and good crop management it produces some outstanding still wines. This clone is extremely rich in ripe red fruit - it has a depth of flavour that gives a lingering complexity on the palate and enough oak to integrate with the fruit.
Scott Base Clone 777
This is one of the newer "sexier" Dijon clones from France, and is popular with winemakers around New Zealand. It is specifically selected for its smaller crops, tight bunches and lovely fruit characters. It features large black fruit and also a herbal character with hints of chocolate and leather, alongside tighter tannins.
Scott Base Clone 5
This Clone comes from the famous Pommard region in France. It was isolated by UC Davis University of California and was widely planted around the world in the 1970s. This clone shows big rich primary red fruit and lots of dark cherry. It retains its acidity, has a good amount of French oak and finishes with some tight tannins.
Scott Base Reserve
The Scott Base Reserve recently won an "Elite Gold" medal at the Air NZ Wine Awards, and is a blend of the above three wines. The Scott Base Central Otago Reserve is a lot fuller bodied in flavour with aromas of berry fruit and black cherries, wild thyme and toasty oak layered with savoury spice. It is a medium-bodied wine that is rich and luscious, with supple tannins, balanced acidity and a long finish. Quite simply: the best of the best.