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Dog Point Pinot Noir

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Marlborough arguably doesn't get the acclaim it deserves for its Pinot Noir, as the region gets largely overlooked in favour of Martinborough and Central Otago in the NZ Pinot hierarchy. The best Marlborough Pinots though are typically delicious wines, with more generosity than you'll see in most of the rest of the nation (and we are big fans of generous wines here at Cracka). Fittingly this combines ripe red fruit flesh with a nice spine of tannins, almost as if you are getting the best of both worlds with this wine - rich and powerful. Winner.

Winemaker's Notes

Deep ruby in colour. Bright red fruit aromatics lead, followed by delicate florals of rose and violets with underlying spice notes. The palate is pure, focussed and supple with elegant red berries and spice characters enhanced by a percentage of whole bunch inclusion in the ferments.

Food Match: Duck and other game birds, red meats and mushroom dishes.
Cellaring: Four to six years.

Growing Region: Marlborough
Grape Variety: Pinot Noir
Alcohol: 14.0%
pH: 3.73
Acidity: 4.8g/l
Residual Sugar: 0.22g/l
Maturation: Eighteen Months in new and older French Oak barrels

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Dog Point Pinot Noir

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Raymond Chan (2014 Vintage) says
Dark, deep, ruby-rd colour with dark purple hues, a little lighter on the rim. The nose is finely concentrated with bright and complex detailed aromas of dark red berry and cherry fruit intermixed with dark herbs and whole cluster aromatic stalk notes and some earthiness, unfolding dark red floral, raspberry liqueur and liquorice elements. Medium-bodied, the palate is refined and tightly concentrated with gently rich and plush flavours of dark red berry fruits, plums and liquorice entwined with spices, herbs and savoury whole cluster stalk elements, as well as violet florals. The wine has fine-grained tannins and structure balancing the sweet fruit, with integrated acidity lending drive and line. The wine carries to a refined, lingering finish of dark fruits and savoury herb and floral detail. This is an elegantly concentrated, rich Pinot Noir with dark berry fruit and complexing herb and spice notes, and a refined structure. Match with pork, lamb, beef and venison over the next 6 years. A blend of clones, 32% 777, 21% 667, 16% 5, 14% Abel, 10% 115 and 7% 10/5, from the ‘Dog Point’, ‘Yarrum’ and ‘Settlement’ sites, hand-picked and indigenous yeast fermented with approx. 15% whole clusters to 14.0% alc., and aged 18 months in 40% new French oak. 19.0-/20 Apr 2016
Tyson Stelzer (2010 Vintage) says
Never has a more captivating pinot noir emerged from the revered Dog Point cellar, thanks to an ever more focused regime that hones in on every detail. Vineyard clones have been refined since 2006, yields are stringently moderated and the harvest is sorted prior to cold soak, wild ferment and maturation in French oak (half new).

The result is more gorgeous aromas of rose petal, violet and red cherry than ever, followed by a palate of incredible focus, restraint and fragrance, alive with red cherry fruit, subtle dried herb nuances and mineral tannins.
2015 - 2025
Australian Gourmet Traveller Wine Magazine (2010 Vintage) says
Seductively intense with black cherry, plum and delicately spicy flavours. An excellent pinot noir vintage has produced Dog Point's finest as well as one of the best Marlborough examples that year. The texture is silky smooth.
Australian Gourmet Traveller Wine, Aug/Sep
Wine Companion (2010 Vintage) says
Mid-crimson with bright blue hue, the bouquet offers a swathe of red fruits, wet river stone, spicy oak and some floral complexity; the medium-bodied palate is driven by taut acidity and drying fine-grained tannins, needing some time to fully integrate and reveal the inner beauty that will reward patient cellaring.
Tyson Stelzer (2009 Vintage) says
Fast confirming its credentials as one of Marlborough's most consistently outstanding pinot makers, Dog Point balanced beautifully fragrant red cherries with structured French oak.
Wine100, November Issue
Nick Stock (2006 Vintage) says
The Dog Point folks have a prime patch of Marlborough dirt, delivering sweet lifted fragrance and red-scented cool-climate pinot fruit. Add plenty of swanky oak, roasted game meats and sweet spices, and this has the full gamut of complexity. The palate delivers ripe cherry and cherry-pip flavour, smooth tannins and an innate sense of balance. A stylish, well-made pinot and a proven performer.
Good Australian Wine Guide 2009 2008

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