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2016 Dog Point Marlborough Chardonnay

2016 Dog Point Marlborough Chardonnay

96 Points Bob Campbell
95 Points Huon Hooke
95 Points James Suckling
95 Points Mike Bennie
19/20 Raymond Chan
17/20 Jancis Robinson

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  • 'I also poured some Dog Point Chardonnay 2016 left over from a few nights previously we agreed it was the more exciting wine. And, with its light reduction/struck match whiff, it was very similar in some respects to how many of us remember the Coche-Dury wines of the first decade of this century. Except of course for the price.' 
    Jancis Robinson - Discussing drinking the latest 2016 vintage of Dog Point shortly after opening two bottles of 'lacklustre' 2010 Coche-Dury Meursault

    This Chardonnay is yet another great example of why the Dog Point boys receive accolades worldwide for their winemaking prowess. It’s packed with bold aromas of white and yellow stone fruits entwined with citrus, nuts and minerals. Couple that with complex smoky, toasty and oak vanillin characters alongside creamy barrel-ferment layers, and you have one very refined Chardonnay.


    Hand picked and gently pressed straight to barrel (15% new) for eighteen months. No juice clarification with 100% wild primary and secondary fermentations. Bottled without fining and with only minimal filtration. 18 months in older French Oak barrels (15% new).

    Vintage - Extremely low rainfall during the early summer put pressure on water supplies, but rainfall in January broke the drought and the vines flourished as temperatures climbed above average in the New Year. Considerable thinning was carried out to ensure optimum ripeness and concentration. Harvest started on the 14th March with pinot noir, achieving perfect ripeness at slightly lower sugars than previous years. In late March northerly airstreams brought a couple of minor rain events which necessitated additional canopy and crop management in some vineyards. As April progressed Marlborough’s classic Indian summer made a welcome appearance allowing all vineyards to achieve full ripeness and the last sauvignon blanc block was picked on April 17th under sunny skies.


    Pale straw in colour. A citrus driven chardonnay with complex flinty, toasty and biscuit notes derived from extended barrel aging on full solids. Vibrant, lively acidity delivers a focussed palate which unfurls and exposes intense citrus flavours with an underlying brioche and hazelnut influence.


    'Ripe, stylish and quite complex with grapefruit, white peach, nectarine, bran biscuit and subtle mineral and oyster shell flavours. An elegant and appealing wine with an ethereal texture and lengthy finish. Delicious now but might even get a little bitter with a few years’ bottle age.'
    96 Points - Bob Campbell

    'This is beautifully curated complexity, applied to very bright, powerful and concentrated chardonnay fruit. White peaches and grilled hazelnuts lead to a palate with a subtly creamy array of grilled-peach and hazelnut-praline flavors to close. Delicious. Drink now. Screw cap.'
    95 Points - Nick Stock, JamesSuckling.com

    'One of the top chardonnay wines in New Zealand, generally speaking. Indeed, Dog Point in general excels at its quarries. This one is the for the flint and mineral fans. Strong slate and graphite scents, lemon and apple underlying. The palate is racy, whip-cracked with citrus/white flesh stone fruit, charged with that flinty mineral thing going on. Sheesh, it’s got some velocity too. In its style, it’s done brilliantly. A fancy racing car of a wine. Cellar long too.'
    95 Points - Mike Bennie, The Wine Front

    'Medium-yellow colour, with a strong bouquet of smoky toasty oak and possibly some underlying sulfides. The wine is full-bodied, rich and well-concentrated, with amplitude, roundness and length. A bigger style: a full-blooded traditional chardonnay with liberal oak and artifact. It's not subtle but very easy to love.'
    95 Points - Huon Hooke

    'Definitely not shying away from matchstick on the nose, but it costs one heck of a lot less than a Coche wine. Very crystalline with good fruit focus on the mid palate. Very far from sweet. Crisp and rewarding. Great balance and fans out on the finish. I gave it 17 points out of 20 and suggest drinking it 2018–23.'
    Jancis Robinson

    'Bright, full, pale golden-yellow colour with some depth, a little lighter on the rim. The nose is full with rich, ripe and rounded aromas of white stonefruits and citrus fruits entwined with a complex layer of creamy barrel-ferment and nutty oak in an amalgam of gunflint and mineral reductive complexities. This has richness and breadth and is well-proportioned. Medium-full bodied, the palate has rich, mouthfilling flavours of white and yellow stonefruits and citrus fruits melded with a layering of creamy and nutty oak and flinty, minerally reductive complexities, unfolding a little smoke and toast. The fruit richness is balanced by refreshing acidity lending the palate brightness and energy. The wine carries smoothly to a rich, lingering finish. This is a rich, mouthfilling Chardonnay with a complex amalgam of stonefruits, creamy and nutty oak and gunflinty, minerally reduction on a bright, vibrant palate.'
    19/20 Raymond Chan

    'Dog Point Chardonnay is an emerging superstar on the local wine scene, with every vintage showing greater progression. This is the best young Dog Point yet — lifted citrus-fruit aromas combine with biscuity, spicy oak. There is a mineral streak that runs through the wine. While the palate is rich and powerful, the flintiness keeps that richness in check. A “wow” wine to impress your chardonnay-drinking friends.'

    Paul Tudor MW, Metro Art & Wine Magazine, April 2019