Dog Point Chardonnay 2015

Marlborough
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£21.75 per bottle
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95+ Points – Magdalena Sienkiewicz

This wine proves that New Zealand has got so much more to offer than the trademark Sauvignon Blanc. Dog Point Chardonnay charms with its vivid personality and intriguing complexity. Fruit is hand-picked from the home vineyard in Marlborough dating back to 1981, then whole bunch pressed and transferred directly to French oak barrels (15% new). It is left to undergo indigenous primary and secondary malolactic fermentations for 18 months in barrel, which transforms a tart-tasting malic acid naturally present in grape must, to a much softer lactic acid. Bottled without fining and with only minimal filtration.

Slightly reductive at first however, give it 15-20 minutes in a decanter and the vibrant citrus notes begin to reveal the wine’s youthful and energetic personality. Medium- to full-bodied, the palate carries energy and despite its young age, it offers bags of flavour which intensify with more time in the glass. Delicate fruit notes meld together with hints of toasted almonds, hazelnuts and a touch of buttered pastry which will come to fore with a further five years in the bottle. Extended ageing on yeast lees and a judicious use of oak produced a wonderfully balanced Chardonnay, nothing feels out of place which is impressive given its intense flavours and vibrant personality.

Drinking incredibly well today, but and as I alluded to above, has the potential to age well over the next 5+ years. Served in Zalto Bordeaux glassware (highly recommended for all good Chardonnays).

95 Points – Gary Walsh, The Wine Front

What a wonderful Chardonnay. White peach and grapefruit, oatmeal and struck match, tight tracks of gleaming acidity, and a bullet of juicy but restrained flavour racing down them. A little flintiness. Some cashew creaminess. A tight and mouth-watering limey finish that makes you eye the level of the glass too often, and fret over it. You’d be mad not to.

17.5 Points - Julia Harding MW 

Lovely smoky nose – more smoky than struck-match. Bags of intense, rich citrus fruit, so pure and deep in fruit and all in harmony with the reductive winemaking style and herbal/fumy notes from the wild ferment. Tastes amazing with a starter of sushi and soy sauce, which brings out the savoury side of the wine, and the delicious mealy, creamy texture.

Taste & Aroma

Score:95

What a wonderful Chardonnay. White peach and grapefruit, oatmeal and struck match, tight tracks of gleaming acidity, and a bullet of juicy but restrained flavour racing down them. A little flintiness. Some cashew creaminess. A tight and mouth-watering limey finish that makes you eye the level of the glass too often, and fret over it. You’d be mad not to.

Gary Walsh

Producer

Dog Point wines originate from the experienced and stellar hands of ex-Cloudy Bay magicians Ivan Sutherland and James Healy. A boutique operation which sees Sutherland focusing on care in the vineyard and Healy as winemaker means that in the eyes of many, they are the now the main class act for Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc. In addition to Sauvignon Blanc the pair also produces idiosyncratic Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from the Wairau Valley’s unique climatic conditions of generous sunshine, extraordinary diurnal range in temperatures and low rainfall conditions. With all of the grapes coming from Sutherland’s own vineyards, quality control is at its most meticulous with hand harvesting employed over the more widely adopted machine assisted approach taken elsewhere. Fermentation with indigenous yeasts brings an exuberant and crystalline fruit purity hailed by all who taste them. Never dull, always impressive, Dog Point’s wines personify a real benchmark in outstanding winemaking in Marlborough, New Zealand.

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Region

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At the northern most tip of the southern island is New Zealand’s most famous region, Marlborough. A region that pioneered an entirely new style of wine and new methods of production, championing stainless steel and temperature controlled fermentation, the Marlborough sauvignon, with its racing acidity, bright, vibrant gooseberry, passionfruit and elderflower aromas took the world by storm when it burst on to the scene. Since then, Marlborough has managed to form a reputation that is not just based on one game changing grape variety, but has established its place on the world’s stage as a producer of not only premium sauvignon, but also of pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Riesling and many others, for example, Blank Canvas Pinot Noir was awarded a staggering 97 points from Bob Campbell MW (a score rarely achieved for pinot outside of Burgundy.) Wairau Valley is an ancient river bed of gravelly soils that sits between two mountain ranges. Due to these mountains on either side, the Wairau Valley see’s less rain than the rest of Marlborough. These conditions lead to greater vine stress resulting in wines that show a level of fruit intensity and concentration rarely seen in a Sauvignon Blanc. Wairrau Valley Sauvignon’s are becoming some of New Zealands most sort after Sauvignons. Based in Marlborough and releasing single vineyard wines from across the Wairrau Valley sub-region is Giesen. One vineyard of theirs in particular is possibly one of Marlborough’s most valued plots, Matthews Lane vineyard. Over one million cuttings from here have been taken and so many of Marlboroughs vines have originated from this tiny, single plot. Giesen’s The Fuder comes from Matthews Lane vineyard, the name coming from the enormous, 1000 litre Fuder barrels that the wine is aged in. One of Marlborough’s most regarded producers is Dog Point, the venture of Ivan Sutherland and James Healy of Cloudy Bay. Dog Point craft incredible wines, their Section 94 Sauvignon Blanc is a stand out, cult level example of this grape variety. Novum produce Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from specially selected parcels of single blocks from great vineyards to produce their wine and Churton produce exceptional Pinot Noir from a unique micro climate between the sub-regions of Waihopai and Omaka Valleys.

Glassware

Glassware

Zalto Denk-Art Universal Glass

For richer, oaked Sauvignon Blancs such as The Fuder, white Graves or Semillon/Sauvignon blends. For young and non-vintage Champagne we recommend Zalto Universal. However, the Zalto Universal is a very good all-rounder, designed for all types of wines but may not maximize the potential of certain wine as much as the Bordeaux or Burgundy glass.

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