The Shout Magazine (New Zealand)

Introducing New Zealand’s first craft beer/wine hybrid

Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc grapes fermented with secret beer yeast, combined with Nelson Sauvin hops that are then filtered, kegged and canned is the latest taste explosion to come out of Allan Scott Family Winemakers.

Green Hopped Gooseberry Bomb is the first of three craft wine varieties to be canned (a Riesling and Pinot Noir are tipped to launch later this year), and is a marriage of quality 2016 Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc and fresh 2016 Nelson ‘Sauvin’ hops, which according to Allan Scott head winemaker Josh Scott, gets its name from Sauvignon Blanc grapes because of the herbaceous and tropical characters.

A steeped fermentation to really bring out the fruity characters from the grapes and hops is followed by four weeks of conditioning before the wine is filtered and kegged or canned.

“If you thought a Pinot Blanc was inventive, just wait until you taste our new Gooseberry Bomb craft wine. This is a truly crafty drop that needs to be tasted – immediately!” says Scott, who is also the founding director of Moa Brewing Company.

“We’ve taken all of the traditional winemaking thinking and, by using some brewery techniques, really turned it on its head. With inspiration from natural flavour combinations and even modern cooking techniques like fusion, we have created an entirely new product that challenges the norms of what’s possible in our industry,” he says.

“It’s been a fun, hands-on experiment – we’re even hand labelling the first batch of cans!”

Luckily for Allan Scott Family Winemakers, Kiwis love artisan products. Craft beer, craft wine and even craft spirits have soared in popularity over the last few years both here and abroad, but the Allan Scott team has taken the ‘craft’ movement a step further.

“Not only have we pushed the winemaking boundaries with experimental flavours such as Manuka honey, chilli, coffee and chocolate, we’ve challenged the norms of packaging, too – our craft wine is now available in new convenient 330ml cans,” says Josh.

Now available in easy to drink cans from the Allan Scott Cellar Door, on its website and coming soon to selected wine retailers for $8.99 per can.