Dog Point Pinot Noir 2021

Dog Point Pinot Noir 2021

 

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Dog Point
Pinot Noir 2021
  • Vintage : 2021
  • Country : New Zealand
  • Region : Marlborough
  • Subregion
  • Type : Red
  • Style : Light Fruity Red
  • Format : 75cl
  • Alcohol : 14°
  • Grappes : 100% Pinot Noir

The Dog Point Pinot Noir is a striking representation of Marlborough's viticultural prowess. This wine, known for its depth and complexity, embodies the meticulous craftsmanship and dedication of Dog Point Vineyard, one of New Zealand’s top wine producers.

Experts Score Vintage
WE Wine Enthusiast 94 2021
JS James Suckling 93 2021
WS Wine Spectator 93 2020
VN Vinous (Antonio Galloni) 91 2018
RP Robert Parker 88 2018
BC Bob Campbell MW 96 2016
More information on wine critics and ratings

Region and Vineyards

The Marlborough region of New Zealand, particularly renowned for its Sauvignon Blanc, also excels in producing exceptional Pinot Noir. Dog Point's vineyards are located in Marlborough's home vineyards, Settlement, and Yarrum, primarily on hill slopes, which provide optimal growing conditions for Pinot Noir. The soils here are predominantly clay loams, contributing to the rich and concentrated flavors of the wine.

Dog Point’s vineyards include some of the oldest vines in the region, with plantings dating back to 1983. The vineyard management practices are certified organic, emphasizing dry farming, no tillage, total grassing with mulch management, and avoiding synthetic pesticides or fertilizers. This commitment to sustainability and low yields of 3.2 tonnes per hectare ensures the production of high-quality grapes.

Winemaking

The Dog Point Pinot Noir is crafted from 100% Pinot Noir. The grapes are hand-picked and chilled overnight before hand-sorting. The winemaking process includes 70% destemming and 30% whole bunch inclusion, followed by fermentation in small stainless steel open-top fermenters with 100% indigenous yeasts. This fermentation lasts for approximately three weeks, ensuring maximum extraction of color and flavor.

The wine undergoes 18 months of aging in French oak barrels, with 30% of the barrels being new oak. This aging process enhances the wine’s complexity and allows for the development of subtle oak characteristics that complement the primary fruit flavors. The final wine has an alcohol content of 13.5%, with an acidity of 5.5 g/L and a pH of 3.65.

Did you know?

Dog Point Vineyard has a rich history dating back to the earliest European settlement of Marlborough, where the introduction of sheep (and sheep dogs) gave the area its name. This heritage is reflected in the winery's name and its commitment to traditional, hands-on winemaking techniques that distinguish its wines on the global stage.

Tasting Notes

  • Color: Deep ruby.
  • Aroma: Dark and brooding aromas of doris plum, baking spices, brambles, dried herbal notes, and musky florals of old-fashioned roses.
  • Palate: Bold, dark fruits lead the palate, with an energy and drive that offers great enjoyment. The wine features freshness from its acidity and supple, fine-grained tannins. This powerful and concentrated expression promises further rewards with cellaring.

Wine Pairing Ideas

  • Roast Duck with Plum Sauce: The rich, gamey flavor of roast duck pairs beautifully with the dark fruit and spice notes of the Pinot Noir, while the plum sauce enhances its plum and herbal aromas.
  • Mushroom Risotto: The earthy flavors of mushrooms complement the wine's brooding aromas and complex palate, making for a harmonious pairing.
  • Lamb Chops with Rosemary and Thyme: The savory herbs and tender lamb highlight the wine’s fine-grained tannins and dark fruit character, creating a balanced and satisfying match.
  • Beetroot and Goat Cheese Salad: The sweetness of the beetroot and the tangy goat cheese bring out the wine’s fruit and floral notes, offering a fresh and vibrant pairing.

Wine Enthusiast (WE) : 94 Points (2021)
Lovely layers of lucid aromas are on show from first sniff: black cherry and red berry cordial, cocktail bitters-like herbs and spices and a dark chocolate nuance. There's a distinctive kitten's tongue texture to the tannins that adds structure to the plush fruit. While still quite primary and young, there's lovely concentration and harmony here that makes this a solid cellaring choice (until around 2030) or a food-friendly drop now with some aeration.

James Suckling (JS) : 93 Points (2021)
Strawberries, cranberries and lavender with orange zest, sweet squash and a hint of tomato leaf. Medium-bodied with refreshing acidity and velvety tannins. Zesty and flavorsome on the palate. Good harmony.

Wine Spectator (WS) : 93 Points (2020)
Plush and expressive, offering blackberry, black cherry and blueberry notes at the core, backed by hints of bittersweet chocolate, dried herb and tobacco. The velvety tannins linger effortlessly.

Vinous (Antonio Galloni) (VN) : 91 Points (2018)
An understated Pinot Noir that is self-assured on the midpalate. It has a lovely sense of sinew, providing a chalky tension through the midweight core, which is emphasized further by the streak of cool-climate acidity. This isn't fruit-forward; it's a more savory expression, with high violet notes providing the top line of the score and subtle herb and cedar notes (30% new French oak) bringing up the base. Already starting to drink well, this has the structure to evolve from now to the mid-term. Drinking window: 2021 - 2028.

Robert Parker (RP) : 88 Points (2018)
Delicate aromas of sous-bois, humus, beet greens and strawberries emerge on the nose of Dog Point's 2018 Pinot Noir. It's an earthy, slightly herbal wine that's medium-bodied and silky on the palate, with a sense of fragility to the mouthfeel and a quick-fading finish. It's still reasonably attractive and definitely varietally correct, but it's not a strong vintage. Drink it over the next few years.

Bob Campbell MW (BC) : 96 Points (2016)
Fragrant, aromatic pinot noir with seductive floral, cherry and subtle spicy flavours. Delicately succulent wine that has clearly been made with a light touch but has impressive power and a lengthy finish. This wine has the X-factor - every sip is even better than the last. (11/2018)

Dog Point Chardonnay 2021
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WS
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RP
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