DOG POINT CHARDONNAY 2015
DOG POINT CHARDONNAY 2015
Champion Chardonnay - Vino Fino Wine Awards 2017
- Product Code: 5541
- Country: New Zealand
- Region: Marlborough
- Sub Region: Wairau Valley
- Style: White
- Variety: Chardonnay
- Closure: Screw Cap
- Special Feature: Organic
- Unit: Each
- Volume: 750ml
- Alcohol: 13.5%
- Grape: 100% Chardonnay
Winery notes (2015 Vintage)
"2/3 Mendoza, 1/3 B95 clones hand-picked from our home vineyard at 5 tonnes/ha (30hl/ha), from vines dating back to 1981. Fruit is whole bunch pressed and transferred directly to French oak barrels (15% new) and left to undergo indigenous primary and secondary malolactic fermentations for 18 months in barrel. Bottled without fining and with only minimal filtration.
A ripe, citrus driven Chardonnay. Characteristic biscuit and oatmeal secondary characters and mild flinty notes contrast and compliment the fruit. Our hallmark fresh, vibrant acidity offered by the Mendoza clone offers vitality and vibrancy. A modest amount of new oak delivering subtle char and phenolic structure to the wine. An intensely flavoured yet youthful and lively vintage for Dog Point Chardonnay."
5 Stars & 96/100 Bob Campbell MW (2015 Vintage)
"Concentrated chardonnay with grapefruit, struck flint, mineral, hazelnut, brioche and spicy oak flavours. Youthful wine that’s approachable now and offers cellaring potential. A very classy wine indeed, with subtle complexity and underlying power."
5 Stars Michael Cooper (2015 Vintage)
"This classy, single-vineyard wine is grown on the south side of the Wairau Valley, hand-picked, fermented and matured for 18 to 20 months in French oak barriques (15 to 25 per cent new), and given a full, softening malolactic fermentation. Bright, light lemon/green, the 2015 vintage is mouthfilling, concentrated and very youthful, with intense grapefruit-like flavours, showing good complexity, fresh acid spine and a tight, persistent finish. A wine with a powerful presence, it should be at its best 2020+."
95/100 Gary Walsh, The Wine Front, November 2017 (2015 Vintage)
"What a wonderful Chardonnay. White peach and grapefruit, oatmeal and struck match, tight tracks of gleaming acidity, and a bullet of juicy but restrained flavour racing down them. A little flintiness. Some cashew creaminess. A tight and mouth-watering limey finish that makes you eye the level of the glass too often, and fret over it. You’d be mad not to."
5 Stars & 19.5/20 Raymond Chan, October 2017 (2015 Vintage)
"Even straw-yellow with lemon hues, a little paler on the edge. The nose is softly full and gently concentrated, unfolding deep, integrated aromas of ripe white stonefruits layered with nutty lees and oak notes and complexing gunflint and mineral elements. The aromatics are refreshing with an underlying tautness. Medium-full bodied, the palate has rich and mouthfilling flavours of sweetly ripe white and yellow stonefruits entwined with an amalgam of mealy detail, soft creamy barrel-ferment elements nutty lees and oak, complex gunflint and minerals, revealing some oak toast. The flavours form a concentrated core, and the palate has fresh, lacy acidity providing energy and tension. The wine carries smoothly to a long and sustained finish of stonefruits, nuts, and flint. This is a rich, concentrated, deeply layered Chardonnay with complex flavours of stonefruits, mealy and nutty notes, gunflint and toast on a fresh, but smooth palate. Match with grilled and roasted seafood, poultry and pork dishes over the next 5-6 years. Approx. two-third Mendoza and one-third clone fruit, from vines dating back to 1981 in age, hand-picked, WBP and directly pressed to barrel, indigenous yeast fermented to 14.0% alc., the wine aged 18 months in 15% new oak with full MLF."
95/100 Andrew Graham, Australian Wine Review (2015 Vintage)
"Handpicked, from vines that yield 30hl/ha (ie Grand Cru Burgundy level). Wild fermented, and spends 18 months in barrel, just 15% new., with full malolactic fermentation. As ever, this is carefully coiffed; a masterpiece of how to manage the interplay between spicy oak and white peach fruit, the acid perfectly natural. It’s a proudly ripe, even sunny Chardonnay, but it still finishes with grapefruit acidity tang. I can’t fault the perfect flow of flavours. Excellent, moreish Chardonnay of volume. Probably the best Dog Point Chardonnay in years too. Just delicious wine."
95/100 Jamie Goode, December 2017 (2015 Vintage)
"Such precision here. There’s some matchstick minerality on the nose, which blends beautifully with the sweet but taut citrus fruit. Intense and direct on the palate with a fine crystalline acid and mineral spine, fleshed out with some yellow plum and white peach fruit. Incredible precision and concentration here, with real finesse and massive potential for development. World class."
94/100 Cameron Douglas MS (2015 Vintage)
"Youthful, fragrant, varietal and no mistaking the impact of oak; aromas also of apple, lemon, cashew, wet stone, wood, baking spices and blossoms. On the palate – youthful, packed with flavour and texture; apple, grapefruit, cashew, white fleshed stone fruits, fine oak tannins and medium+ acidity. Great balance and length – a keeper. Drink from 2018/19 through 2028."