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2013 Dog Point Chardonnay

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The Dog Point Chardonnay is an up-market white that’s worth seeking out. It’s light in colour and has a shy nose offering citrus fruit aromas and nutty oak characters, but it’s all class in the mouth. It has a great balance of ripe stone fruit and tangy citrus flavours with a just the right amount of nutty oak characters followed by a long, dry finish. This posh white is sure to impress at your next dinner party.

Winemaker's Notes

Straw coloured. Fermented using natural yeasts this wine shows aromas of flint, lemon peel and ripe citrus fruits framed by toasty mineral nuances. Seamlessly integrated oak leads into a wonderfully balanced Chardonnay with focused texture, vibrant acidity and a lively finish.
Food Match: Shellfish, fish, white meats and especially a BBQ rack of pork.
Cellaring: Three to five years.

TECHNICAL DETAILS

Growing Region: Marlborough
Grape Variety: Chardonnay
Alcohol: 14.0%
pH: 3.27
Acidity: 7.1 g/l
Residual Sugar: 1.24 g/l
Maturation: Eighteen months in French Oak barrels, a small portion of which is new.

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2013 Dog Point Chardonnay

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Tyson Stelzer (2010 Vintage) says
One of Marlborough’s most refined estates just got finer. Magic happened when the idyllic 2010 season met these mature, low-cropped estate vineyards. A winemaking philosophy that prizes texture above flavour, and a lower proportion of new oak than ever, have produced one of the region’s finest chardonnays. It’s lively, honed and poised, with a lemon blossom lift and a fine, taut, textural, mineral-infused palate that lingers long.
2015-2022
Wine Taste - Edition 55
95
Tyson Stelzer (2010 Vintage) says
One of Marlborough's most refined estates just got finer. Magic happened when the idyllic 2010 season met these mature, low-cropped estate vineyards. A winemaking philosophy that prizes texture above flavour, and a lower proportion of new oak than ever, have produced one of the region's finest chardonnays. It's lively, honed and poised, with a lemon blossom lift and a fine, taut, textural, mineral-infused palate that lingers long.
2015-2022
Wine Taste Special Edition 55
95
Tyson Stelzer (2009 Vintage) says
Definition and taut, honed acid backbone are not always found in Marlborough chardonnay, lifting Dog Point well above the pack. Great concentration and complexity.
Wine100, December Edition
95
Tyson Stelzer (2008 Vintage) says
Sourced from some of Marlborough's oldest chardonnay vines, this is one of the region's most reliable expressions of the variety. Grapefruit pith and lemon meet mealy lees complexity and supportive cashew nut oak. Fine minerality and texture provide great finesse to the finish.
94
Nick Stock (2007 Vintage) says
A complex and convincing Marlborough chardonnay that has some really edgy citrus and ripe melon fruit aromas, all nicely complexed with stylish, spicy oak and a gently floral lift. The palate rolls out in convincing shape with plenty of peach and melon flavour, mealy cashew nut oak and a neat snap through the finish. Very tidy.
The Penguin Good Australian Wine Guide 2010 2009
93
Michael Cooper (2006 Vintage) says
This distinguished wine reflects the experience and talents of winemaker James Healy and viticulturist Ivan sutherland, both ex-Cloudy Bay. Grown in Sutherland's Dog Point vineyard, on the south side of the Wairau Valley, the wine is fermented with indigenous yeasts, matured for 18- 20 months in French oak barriques (20 -25 per cent new), and given a full softening malolactic fermentation. The 2006 vintage is vibrant, tightly structured, minerally and complex. Still youthful, it is a very classy wine - fragrant and weighty, with concentrated grapefruit and but flavours, a hint of toasty oak and a crisp, dry, lasting finish. Open mid 2009+.
Michael Cooper's Buyer's Guide to NZ Wines 2009

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