Run by the former team at Cloudy Bay, Dog Point have built an enviable reputation for their Marlborough wines. Their Pinot Noir is a real winner - with flavours of ripe red berries and spices, fine tannins and a lasting finish. Pinot Noir is the only red wine made at the property, and as such, the end product is always rewarding, enhanced by the fact that the clones hail from Burgundy. Medium bodied with Pinot Noir’s classic red fruit clarity, it has a polish and sophistication that helps it to easily celebrate its 5th birthday in bottle.
Medium ruby-purple-colored, the 2011 Pinot Noir presents a nose of black cherry compote, black raspberries and wild blueberries with hints of menthol and cinnamon. Medium to full-bodied with a good amount of fruit supported by a low to medium level of grainy tannins and lively acid, it finishes long with some earthiness coming through. Drink it now to 2017+.
Lisa Perrotti-Brown on Oct 1st, 2013
The wines of Dog Point 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.
Riedel Veritas New World Pinot Noir
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