Dog Point Chardonnay 2018 ~ Marlborough, New Zealand
95/100 The Wine Front (2015 vintage)
93/100 Robert Parker (2015 vintage)
92/100 Wines & Spirits (2015 vintage)
Oz Wine Review 2019 “Part of the secret to this label’s success is the Dog Point Vineyard itself, which is one of the oldest privately owned vineyards in Marlborough. Planted by Ivan and Margaret Sutherland back in the late 1970s, it remains not only the backbone of the Dog Point label but also a key source of fruit for a whole swathe of premium Marlborough producers.”
Robert Parker "...Zesty and refreshing, with a long, mouthwatering finish, this is a compelling example of Marlborough Chardonnay....The 2015 Chardonnay is a smoky, toasty, medium to full-bodied effort marked by a terrific acid line. That grapefruit note provides the backbone over which riper notions of white peach, toasted hazelnut and pineapple rest. "
Jancis Robinson "...Another exceptional [chardonnay]"
Wines & Spirits "What’s great about this wine is its ability to maintain its size and scope without the flavors becoming overbearing. From vines planted in 1981, this wine ferments in French oak (15 percent new), and integrates the wood notes into the fruit seamlessly. It’s a full-bodied wine that moves well, with notes of chamomile, ripe lemon and raw hazelnuts tethered to breezy acidity. It has lively energy and will cellar well for up to five years."
Tim Atkin "Not as well known as the Dog Point Sauvignon Blanc releases, but every bit as good in my opinion, this is frequently among my favourite South Island chardonnays. Toasty, savoury and enticing, it has citrus and beeswax notes supported by fresh, palate cleansing acidity and a nutty finish."
Tina Gellie "When Cloudy Bay was bought by LVMH, viticulturalist Ivan Sutherland and oenologist James Healy left to start Dog Point. Aromas of white peach an grapefruit with a firm citrus backbone, balanced by buttery oak. Intensely flavoured white to enjoy with fish."
Decanter "Aromas of white peach and grapefruit with a firm citrus backbone, balanced by buttery oak. Intensely flavoured white to enjoy with fish."
The Real Review "Dog Point Vineyard, one of Marlborough’s brightest stars."
Dog Point is one of New Zealand's most loved wineries formed by famous Cloudy Bay's wineries former viticulturalist and winemaker Ivan Sutherland and James Healy. Some years ago they decided to go out on their own creating Dog Point. Dog Point vineyards are some of the earliest vineyards to be planted in Marlborough and have some of the oldest vines in the region. Dog Point is named for the sheep-herding history of the area.
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.