Dog Point Chardonnay 2015

Marlborough
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£21.75 per bottle
24 in stock

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

New Zealand is split between the North Island and South Island and the Marlborough region is situated in the North of the South Island. The climate here is the hottest in the country meaning that this wine producing region is expanding quickly. Of course, Sauvignon Blanc does well here and is increasingly becoming more and more popular due to its naturally herbaceous character and lean and refreshing style much loved by Western wine drinkers. Wineries Greywacke and Dog Point both have delicious Sauvignon Blanc wines with typical Marlborough characteristics. Red wines, mainly Pinot Noir also grow well in this region and an excellent example of a Pinot Noir from this area is the Akitu Pinot Noir which comes highly recommended from Vinorium staff!

Glassware

Glassware

Zalto Denk-Art Universal Glass

For full-bodied to powerful wines, which are expressive but also show minerality and smooth character. Accentuates complexity and finesse.

Ideal for: All types of Wine. Great as a small Red Wine Glass or an all round White Wine Glass. Adequate for Rosé too. Especially good for: Chardonnay, Chianti, Riesling and ‘Smaragd’ – wines from the Wachau.

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