Dog Point Chardonnay 2013 ~ Marlborough, New Zealand
96/100 - Bob Campbell
92/100 - Wine Spectator
92/100 - Huon Hooke
18.5+/20 - Raymond Chan
91/100 - The Wine Advocate
90/100 - Wine Enthusiast
Huon Hooke ~ "It's fine and intense, bright and fresh, with good delicacy and balance in the mouth. It has lovely drinkability, citrusy notes, lively acidity and a winning combination of richness and delicacy. "
Raymond Chan ~ "This is an elegantly concentrated, stylishly rich, lively Chardonnay with complex and detailed layers of gunflint and nutty interest. Medium-bodied and elegantly proportioned, the palate is poised and finely balanced with lively citrus and stonefruit flavours that exude succulence and richness. The fruit is seamlessly melded with layers of gunflint, toasty oak and nutty detail, along with oxidative complexities."
Wine Spectator ~ "This distinctive white offers a creamy texture and aromatic profile, with a long, detailed finish. The melon, apple and apricot flavors are ripe and lush, with cedar and spice accents. Apple blossom, lemon verbena and grapefruit zest nuances add punctuation to the juicy finish. Drink now through 2030."
Wine Enthusiast ~ "A long, harmonious finish. Drink now–2020."
The Wine Advocate ~ "Medium-bodied, it fills the mouth with creamy, stone fruit and marzipan characters supported by a lively acid line and finishing with great persistence."
It was an exciting day for wine lovers when Cloudy Bay's former viticulturalist and winemaker Ivan Sutherland and James Healy decided to go out on their own. This is their superb Chardonnay, with creamy apple fruit, gentle oak and 96 points!
Find out more about Dog Point vineyards here.
Organic philosophies drive Dog Point's approach to wine growing and in March 2012, 150 hectares of Vineyards were certified organic by BioGro New Zealand, with another 60 hectares certified as C1 (2 years in conversion).
A flock of around 2,000 sheep including Romney, Perendale Cross and Merino Wiltshire Cross are grazed in the winter to keep the grass low and fertilise as they go.
After pruning; all the prunings, any grass or cover crops are mulched and added to the compost heap. This is spread under the vines to help conserve moisture and improve soil structure.