Dog Point, Chardonnay, Marlborough, New Zealand
"...concentrated and boldly flavored, finishing with lingering citrus flavors of tangerine and grapefruit." eRobertParker.com
Dog Point's Chardonnay is one of the finest Chardonnays in all of Marlborough; a region more synonymous with Sauvignon, but a grape that Dog Point has absolutely nailed.
The Dog Point Chardonnay is ripe and concentrated, with characteristic biscuity characteristics. It was aged for 18 months in barrel.
Dog Point Vineyard is the largest organic Biogro certified vineyard in New Zealand, with practices including turning winery waste a healthy organic compost and collecting leachate to use as fertiliser to help conserve moisture and improve soil structure, plus the planting of buckwheat between the vines to encourage beneficial insects for biological control of insect pests. Over the winter months, sheep are brought onto the property to control grass and weed growth and assist in adding organic matter to the soil.
94 points. Nick Stock for Jamessuckling.com, Australia, Nov 2020.
A complex chardonnay with guava, lime and lightly grilled-peach aromas, as well as flint and toasted hazelnut. The palate has an impressively taut and concentrated feel with praline, hazelnut, peach and lemon flavors all intertwined. Good depth.
94 points. Cameron Douglas MS, New Zealand, Nov 2020.
Alluring scents of ripe citrus and apple, peach, quince and a touch of golden kiwifruit followed by spices and mild toasty barrel layers, vanilla and raw sugar then a gun-flint soil complexity. On the palate – youthful and vibrant with layers of barrel spice and wood underpinning flavours of stone fruit and citrus reflecting the bouquet. Fine wood tannins, medium+ acidity, knocking on the door of full-bodied and a satin texture showcases bot this wines deliciousness now, potential for cellaring and readiness for food. Well made, youthful and best cellared for a while longer with best drinking from late 2021 through 2029+.
94 points. Candice Chow, Raymond Chan Wine Reviews, New Zealand, Nov 2020.
Bright, pale yellow with a gold hue and some depth, slightly lighter edged. The nose is full and giving, nuances of positive reduction, nutty intermix smoky mineral, unfolding buttery notes, underlined citrus and pineapple. Medium-full bodied, the palate is bright with aromas of lemon sherbet, lemon peel, pineapple interweave toasted almonds in a healthy portion; pomelo unveils on the mid-palate, along with oak spices flow along a creamy line to linearity. The palate weight is buoyant with a touch of creaminess; invigorating acid provides tension, length and vitality. The fruit has purity and concentration, lingering to a subtle saline and mineral finish. Although it’s pleasing to consume now, it has excellent potential for further development of nutty elements and integrated acidity. This is a well-structured Chardonnay with vibrant citrus concentration, complexity in details and weight, ample ageing potential. Match with butternut squash risotto and mud crab over the next 8-10 years.
92 Points - robertparker.com
A ripe, citrus-driven Chardonnay. Characteristic biscuit and oatmeal secondary characters and mild flinty notes complement the fruit, while fresh, vibrant acidity creates vitality and vibrancy; with a modest amount of new oak delivering subtle char and structure. This is an intensely flavoured, yet youthful and lively vintage.