Great doggone wines from Dog Point
Dog Point Vineyard, one of Marlborough’s brightest stars, has just released the latest vintages on each of their four wines. I have yet to taste their pinot noir but awarded their three white wines with a trio of gold-ribbon points.The 2016 vintage wasn’t the easiest in Marlborough, but low-yielding vines and sensitive winemaking have produced a winner.
Top rating of 96 points went to 2016 Dog Point Vineyard Chardonnay. The most complex and richest of the three wines, with a cleverly weighted hint of mineral/reductive character that adds texture as well as an extra dimension of flavour. The 2016 vintage wasn’t the easiest in Marlborough, but low-yielding vines and sensitive winemaking have produced a winner. (NZD $37)
The 2016 Dog Point Vineyard Section 94 Sauvignon Blanc has achieved cult status for its barrel ferment, yeast lees and mineral/reductive characters, which elevate it above the normally fruit-forward Marlborough styles. I gave the wine 95 points – quite a strong reductive influence stopped me from giving an even higher score, which I regretted doing once I’d had a chance to savour the wine over a couple of days – a reminder that overtly reductive wines can become less reductive with air-time. (NZD $37)
Finally, the 2018 Dog Point Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc was one of my top wines from a rain-affected vintage that smiled on low-cropping vineyards, which ripened earlier than their more commercial cousins. A wine of exquisite purity and appealing intensity. (NZD $28.50)