Scout are a new producer of some stunning lo-fi wines made in both Marlborough and the Adelaide Hills. Scout Wines are made by Greg and Sarah Lane, Greg is the brand winemaker for Grove Mill (owned by Foley Family Wines) and the 2018 NZ Young Winemaker of the Year having moved to New Zealand in 2017 after working for the esteemed Shaw + Smith in the Adelaide Hills. The 2017 Adelaide Hills Chardonnay is their first wine and combines a hint of skin ferment with lovely, textured layeed fuiit. Here is what they have to say:
"it's a 2017 Adelaide Hills Chardonnay, sourced from two different vineyards - one high Piccadilly (550m, steep east facing slopes - the highest part of the Hills) and one near Lobethal, a slightly warmer area. All Bernard clone selection, hand picked, whole bunch pressed with a portion fermented on skins. Cloudy juice, barrel fermented, partial malolactic ferment, bottled in December."