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Dog Point Vineyard

Dog Point Vineyard combines the considerable experience of James Healy and Ivan Sutherland founders of the iconic Cloudy Bay where they worked as winemaker and vineyard manager respectively. The name Dog Point dates from the earliest European settlement of Marlborough and the introduction of sheep to the district. Shepherd’s dogs sometimes became lost or wandered off and eventually bred into a marauding pack, which attacked local flocks. After moving on from Cloudy Bay, Ivan and James started to work with their own Dog Point Rd vineyard where the vines, still partly leased by Cloudy Bay, date back to the 1970’s, (making them some of the regions oldest plantings). The first Dog Point Vineyard vintage was in 2002, and in a few short years Dog Points limited production sells out quickly and effortlessly. The philosophy of Dog Point Vineyard is a simple one with James and Ivan totally involved in of all aspects in the vineyard through to the winemaking process to marketing regionally distinctive and vineyard expressive wines.


Sauvignon Blanc
Sauvignon Blanc

This wine shows all the characteristics of a mature vineyard with classic Marlborough flavours matched with depth and broadness on the palate. Aged in stainless steel tanks, it is bright straw green in color with a bouquet of fresh citrus and tropical fruits. It is rich and full-bodied, displaying an excellent balance of fruit and acidity with a lingering fresh lime finish.

 Grape Variety
100% Sauvignon Blanc

 
   

Section 94
Section 94

This wine uses Sauvignon Blanc from a single specified area of the Dog Point Vineyard. Unusually for a Marlborough Sauvignon the wine is aged in old French oak barrels for 18 months much like a fine white Bordeaux. The wine is straw-colored with a powerful bouquet of grapefruit and lifted floral aromatic notes of white flowers set against a background of complex yeast lees characters. Strong citrus flavors complement a degree of minerality showing excellent balance and an exotic finish.

 Grape Variety
100% Sauvignon Blanc

 
   

Chardonnay
Chardonnay

Aged for 18 months in French oak barrels, a small portion of them new, this Chardonnay, is born from a crossbreed of “Mendoza” and “Dijon 95” clones and it shows the flavors and characteristics of both these clones beautifully. The wine exhibits ripe grapefruit, roasted nuts and toasty aromas together with savory characteristics derived from contact with yeast lees. It is full bodied with an intense citrus flavor and the palate is finely structured, showing off a chalky texture as a result of yeast contact bringing to mind the Chardonnays of Bourgogne.

 Grape Variety
100% Chardonnay

 
   

Pinot Noir
Pinot Noir

This Pinot Noir is from a mix of modern hillside clones and older Valley floor clones from the vineyard. The grapes are fermented in traditional open tanks and then aged in older French oak barrels for 18 months. This Pinot Noir is ruby colored with aromas of ripe red and black fruits infused with violets and an underlying earthy character. Richly flavored with dense red and black fruits, the palate shows a combination of excellent tannin structure, well integrated oak and a rounded, lingering earthy finish.

 Grape Variety
100% Pinot Noir

 
   


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