Dog Point Chardonnay 2021

Dog Point Chardonnay 2021

 

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Dog Point
Chardonnay 2021
  • Vintage : 2021
  • Country : New Zealand
  • Region : Marlborough
  • Subregion
  • Type : White
  • Style : Creamy Full Bodied White
  • Format : 75cl
  • Alcohol : 14°
  • Grappes : 100% Chardonnay

Experience the elegance and complexity of the Dog Point Chardonnay, a stunning expression from Marlborough, New Zealand, showcasing meticulous craftsmanship and vibrant vineyard character.

Experts Score Vintage
BC Bob Campbell MW 96 2020
WS Wine Spectator 94 2020
RP Robert Parker 94 2020
JS James Suckling 94 2020
W&S Wines & Spirits 93 2020
VN Vinous (Antonio Galloni) 93 2020
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Region and Vineyards

Dog Point Vineyard is located in the renowned Marlborough region of New Zealand, specifically in the Southern Valleys sub-region. Marlborough is celebrated for its unique terroir that combines free-draining, alluvial soils with a cool, maritime climate, providing an ideal environment for Chardonnay. The region benefits from long sunny days and cool nights, which help to maintain the acidity and vibrant fruit flavors in the grapes.

The Dog Point estate spans over 80 hectares of organically certified vineyards, some of which date back to the 1970s. This historical depth gives the wines a profound sense of place. The vineyard practices focus on low yields and hand-harvesting to ensure the highest quality fruit. The soils are primarily composed of clay and silt on the valley floors, with surrounding clay loam vineyards, adding layers of complexity to the wines produced here.

Winemaking

The winemaking process for Dog Point Chardonnay is a testament to traditional, hands-off methods that let the vineyard speak for itself. The grapes are hand-picked and gently pressed straight to barrel, with a portion being fermented in 10% new oak barrels for added complexity. Fermentation is carried out using wild yeast, which adds unique characteristics to the wine.

After fermentation, the wine undergoes a long maturation period of 18 months in oak barrels. This extended ageing period allows the wine to develop its full potential, integrating the oak beautifully with the fruit. The wine is then bottled without fining and with minimal filtration, ensuring that it retains its natural clarity and purity. The alcohol content stands at 13.5%, offering a balanced profile that is both rich and refreshing.

Did you know?

Dog Point Vineyard is named after the early European settlers' practice of using dogs to herd sheep in the region. The area was once known for its numerous sheep dogs, hence the name "Dog Point".

Tasting Notes

  • Color: Bright, pale gold.
  • Aroma: A captivating bouquet of lemon curd, lemon blossom, and flint elements, with nuanced notes of salted butterscotch, brioche, and hints of litsea oil.
  • Palate: Succulent and mouthwatering, the palate reveals a snappy mix of citrus flavors and a leesy character. The vibrant acidity provides sleekness and focus, leading to a long, mineral-driven finish.

Wine Pairing Ideas

  • Grilled Lobster: The richness of the lobster complements the wine's creamy texture, while the citrus notes enhance the seafood's natural sweetness.
  • Roast Chicken with Herbs: The savory flavors and crispy skin of the roast chicken pair beautifully with the wine's buttery and brioche elements.
  • Creamy Risotto: A mushroom or truffle risotto highlights the wine's earthy and mineral notes, creating a harmonious pairing.
  • Brie or Camembert Cheese: The creamy, tangy profile of these cheeses matches the wine's vibrant acidity and subtle oak influence.

Bob Campbell MW (BC) : 96 Points (2020)
Intense, mouthwatering chardonnay with lime, pineapple, oyster shell/mineral, hazelnut and subtle spicy oak flavours. Delicious high-energy wine in a rather Chablis-esque style with purity and power. (9/2022)

Wine Spectator (WS) : 94 Points (2020)
Succulent and mouthwatering, with a snappy mix of lemon curd, lemon blossom and flint elements. Shows more nuanced notes of salted butterscotch, brioche and litsea oil that linger in the background, while the fresh, vibrant acidity is sleek on the finish, providing focus and length.

Robert Parker (RP) : 94 Points (2020)
The 2020 Chardonnay is reductive and flinty on the nose and leads with lashings of crushed nuts, curry leaf, cap gun, yellow flesh peach, salted apples and brine. In the mouth, the wine is mouthfilling and bony in the very best of ways, with rich fruit that provides a chorus through the finish. Is it so reductive and worked that it will polarize? Possibly. Probably. Do I love it? Yes. Horses for courses. This is classy wine with lots to touch and feel. I bet it ages well, too. 13.5% alcohol, sealed under screw cap.

James Suckling (JS) : 94 Points (2020)
Inviting aromas of flint, matchstick, grated nutmeg, dried lemon rind and sliced grapefruit. Medium-bodied with silky texture. Fresh and bright fruit turns more savory with herbs and spice coming to the forefront. Layered. Tannic, tight finish. From organically grown grapes.

Wines & Spirits (W&S) : 93 Points (2020)
Flinty reduction is the most immediate impression, before the luscious texture and fresh finish begin to take its place. This fruit, including some from vines planted in 1981, is pressed directly to barrel (10 percent new), where it is left to ferment on its own yeasts and age with all of its lees for 18 months. It develops scents of almond skin and puff pastry, with acidity to keep it firm and mouthwatering, especially with roast veal of rabbit. Or, as Corey Warren suggested, “Bring it to a blind tasting group and see who calls Meursault.

Vinous (Antonio Galloni) (VN) : 93 Points (2020)
The 2020 Chardonnay is firm, concentrated and driven. It has a rich aromatic expression that's exceedingly young and puppy-like in its exuberance from the toasted hazelnuts of oak to smoky bacon hints and a salty note overlaying nectarine fruit flavors. It is not backward in coming forward but it is pure, lively and purposeful with plenty of interesting layers. A Chardonnay that will reward cellaring.

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