2016 Dog Point Pinot Noir
2016 Dog Point Pinot Noir
$44.99 Per Bottle|
$41.99 (Buy 6 or More)
Dog Point Pinot Noir is one of the icons of Marlborough and for good reason. Ivan and James are maestro’s at producing superb pinot noir and this wine is no exception. Dark red berry and cherry fruits blend seamlessly with dark herbs, earthiness, raspberry liqueur and liquorice elements, all wrapped up a fine-grained tannin and refined structural bow. Pairs exquisitely with all the classic pinot matches like duck and other game birds, red meats and mushroom dishes.
Handpicked and chilled overnight and hand sorted. 80% destemmed and 20% whole bunches included. Fermented in small stainless open top fermenters with 100% indigenous yeasts over a period of 3 weeks.
Bright, lifted, red fruit driven with Marlborough’s hallmark spiciness complemented by dried herb, smokey and meaty notes in the background. A juicy and plush Pinot Noir with pure red berry flavours. The wines cleansing acidity and fine, soft tannins are evident, characteristic of Marlborough’s clay-based Southern Valley soils.
The name Dog Point dates back to the earliest European settlement of Marlborough and the introduction of sheep to the district. These were the days where, due to a lack of fences, boundary riders used boundary keeping dogs to protect the local flocks of sheep. The winery is a partnership between Ivan and Margaret Sutherland and James and Wendy Healey. Fruit for their wines is sourced from selected vineyard plantings dating back to the early 1980s. These older well-established vines situated on free draining silty clay loams are supplemented with fruit from closely planted hillside vines on soils with a clay loam influence. The vines enjoy consistent sunshine, low rainfall and cool nights that enables enormous flavour progression. In every bottle of Dog Point Vineyard Wine is impeccable attention to detail and a thoughtful hands on approach. This focus is expertly partnered with a low interventionist ethos. Fruit is hand-picked from low cropped, estate grown vines, then hand crafted with great care to produce fine wines that are accessible and enjoyable with cellaring potential. The winemaking team consists of Murray Cook and Matthew Sutherland under the guidance of James and Ivan. The Dog Point range include the varieties that thrive in the region, Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir as well as Chardonnay.
Impressive structure and concentration. Terrific complexity in the mix here, too. Blueberries and mixed cherries on the nose and palate with a terrific layering of plush, assertive tannins and a fresh, vibrant kick into the finish.
BOB CAMPBELL MW
Fragrant, aromatic pinot noir with seductive floral, cherry and subtle spicy flavours. Delicately succulent wine that has clearly been made with a light touch but has impressive power and a lengthy finish. This wine has the X-factor - every sip is even better than the last.
GARY WALSH - THE WINE FRONT
Spiced cherry, good level of perfume, a bit of earthy and chocolaty bass. Fleshy, spiced cherry in chocolate, ripe rolls of tannin, a distinct ‘mineral’ feel to the acidity, pleasing sort of amaro bitterness in the aftertaste. As good as ever.
HUON HOOKE - THE REAL REVIEW
Deep red/purple, an impressive colour for pinot, and the bouquet is toasty, smoky and oak-driven, its fruit shy and reserved, the palate slightly bitter from oak and extraction. This needs years to mellow and soften, but I'm not sure it will ever be very pinoty or charming. There is good, ripe dark cherry pinot fruit buried in here, though. Cellar it! (PS: It needs a big glass)