Dog Point Pinot Noir 2017 ~ Marlborough, New Zealand
96/100 - Bob Campbell
95/100 - James Suckling
94/100 - The Wine Front
91/100 - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
17.5/20 - Vinum
96/100 - James Suckling (2016 Vintage)
94/100 - The Wine Front (2016 Vintage)
91/100 - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (2016 Vintage)
94/100 - The Wine Front (2015 Vintage)
94/100 - Jamie Goode (2015 Vintage)
Bob Campbell "Deliciously fruit pinot noir with plum, dark cherry, anise, spice and nutty oak flavours among the more obvious descriptors. A dense wine with underlying power and obvious potential but dangerously drinkable now. This must be one of Marlborough's most consistently top reds. And it's organic"
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate "The medium-bodied 2017 Pinot Noir is taut and tight, with subtle notions of green rose hips entwined with white strawberries and tart raspberries. Endowed with silky tannins and ample concentration, it should improve over the next couple of years and drink well for up to a decade."
James Suckling "This is very convincing, complex and downright impressive pinot noir. The intense aromas of ripe cherries and plums are framed in such intensely attractive oak spice and earthy, sous-Bois complexity. The palate has regal, polished and powerful tannin and carries a vibrant core of very attractive, rich dark cherries."
James Suckling “Impressive structure and concentration. Terrific complexity in the mix here, too. Blueberries and mixed cherries on the nose and palate with a terrific layering of plush, assertive tannins and a fresh, vibrant kick into the finish.” (2016 Vintage)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate "Medium to full-bodied, with a rich, velvety mid-palate, it finishes dry and firm...Subtle cinnamon and clove notes appear on the nose, along with black cherries and cola shadings." (2016 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.”
The Real Review "Dog Point Vineyard, one of Marlborough’s brightest stars."
Bob Campbell "A small family-owned, boutique winery located in Marlborough, New Zealand – New Zealand’s premium wine-growing region. Dog Point Vineyards produce wines that respect the natural integrity of the land from which they are made and, reflect the experience and passion of the people that make them."
It was an exciting day for wine lovers when Cloudy Bay's former viticulturist and winemaker Ivan Sutherland and James Healy decided to go out on their own. Dog Point vineyards were some of the earliest to be planted in Marlborough and thus 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.
Marlborough is New Zealand's most important wine region by far. Situated at the northeastern tip of the South Island, this dry, sunny region is home to over 500 growers and produces around three-quarters of all New Zealand wine.
In recent years, the region's earliest Pinot Noir vines have come of age, and are now producing some first-class wines. Marlborough Pinot Noirs are generally lighter and fruitier than those from Otago and Martinborough.
Pinot Noir is the dominant red wine grape of Burgundy, now adopted in wine regions all over the world including western Germany, northern Italy, Chile, South Africa, Australia and, perhaps most notably, California, Oregon and New Zealand.
The essence of Pinot Noir wine is its aroma of strawberry and cherry (fresh red cherries in lighter wines and stewed black cherries in weightier examples), underpinned in the most complex examples by hints of the forest floor. Well-built Pinot Noirs, particularly from warmer harvests, also exhibits notes of leather and violets, sometimes approaching the flavour spectrum of Syrah.