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.
Hand picked and chilled overnight prior to handsorting. 75% destemmed and 25% whole bunches included. Fermented in small stainless open top fermenters with 100% indigenous yeasts over a period of 3 weeks prior to pressing into French oak barrels for eighteen months (35% new). Bottled without fining or filtration.
Deep ruby in colour. Perfumed, red berry fruits and bright, violet aromas. The fruit is supported by dried herb and characteristic brown spice notes and complex smokiness. A dense core of juicy fruit and bold, fine grained, ripe tannins. A fresh thread of fine acidity emerges and carries the intense flavours through the palate, finishing very long.
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.
BOB CAMPBELL MW - THE REAL REVIEW
Deliciously fruit pinot noir with plum, dark cherry, anise, spice and nutty oak flavours among the more obvious descriptors. A dense wine with underlying power and obvious potential but dangerously drinkable now. This must be one of Marlborough's most consistently top reds. And it's organic.
This is very convincing, complex and downright impressive pinot noir. The intense aromas of ripe cherries and plums are framed in such intensely attractive oak spice and earthy, sous-bois complexity. The palate has regal, polished and powerful tannin and carries a vibrant core of very attractive, rich dark cherries.
HUON HOOKE - THE REAL REVIEW
Re-tasted. A very impressive, concentrated, powerful Pinot that needs a bit of air. Density and perfectly ripe fruit. Majestic stuff: this would stand up well beside top burgundy.
GARY WALSH - THE WINE FRONT
One of the top wine producers in NZ for me. There’s a fair amount of reductive char and toasty spicy oak here, aniseed and black cherry, dried flowers and wet earth. It’s medium-bodied, clod earth and toasted spice, dry gravelly tannin, sappy dark fruit, and a firm long finish. Savoury and powerful. Needs a little more time in bottle.
CAMERON DOUGLAS MS
Youthful, fresh, varietal and boldly fruity with aromas of plums and dark cherry, baking spices and raspberry. The oak signature shows youthful fresh attack with toasty clove and vanilla scents. Nicely dry on the palate with a core of red fruits and savoury dried herb complexity. Favours of red berries and oak, brown baking spices and a mix of stony mineral and floral moments. Tense, youthful, needs some cellar time to fully integrate and harmonise.