DOG POINT PINOT NOIR 2015
DOG POINT PINOT NOIR 2015
"Regal pinot with soul and swagger"
96/100 James Suckling
- Product Code: 5542
- Country: New Zealand
- Region: Marlborough
- Sub Region: Wairau Valley
- Style: Red
- Variety: Pinot Noir
- Closure: Cork
- Unit: Each
- Volume: 750ml
- Alcohol: 13.5%
- Grape: 100% Pinot Noir
"A bright perfumed, supple expression of Marlborough pinot noir from clay hill slopes. Comprising six different pinot noir clones from vines dating back to 1983. Vines are cropped at 5 tonnes/ha (35hl/ha), hand harvested and hand sorted, prior to de-stemming (15% whole bunch included). The fruit is fermented in small stainless open top fermenters without pumping. Fermentation is conducted by indigenous yeasts over a period of 2-3 weeks prior to pressing into French oak barrels (40% new) for 18 months. Bottled without fining or filtration.
A ripe spectrum of flavours lead by dark stone fruit and evident spice aromas. The palate is bold, with intense red and dark fruit. The use of whole bunch inclusion during fermentation adds a layer of dried herbs and floral notes. The wine has a rich and full palate structure, with even, fine grained tannins."
5 Stars & 97/100 Bob Campbell MW, The Real Review, November 2017 (2015 Vintage)
"Rich, concentrated pinot noir with ripe plum, black cherry, liquorice, spice, anise and nutty oak flavours. A powerful wine that's a pleasure to taste now but has the potential to develop well in bottle. Drink 2017 to 2025."
96/100 James Suckling (2015 Vintage)
"Impressive red-cherry aromas precede great depth and structured, handy tannins that pull real flavours out of the wine and coat the palate. This holds fresh and rich darker cherries and red plums long into the finish. Regal pinot with soul and swagger."
5 Stars Michael Cooper (2015 Vintage)
"This classy, finely structured red is estate-grown on the south side of the Wairau Valley and matured for 18 months in French oak barriques (35 per cent new in 2015). The impressive 2015 vintage is deeply coloured, with a fragrant bouquet of berries, dried herbs and spices. Mouthfilling and sweet-fruited, it has concentrated, youthful, plummy, spicy flavours, showing excellent complexity, and a rich, finely textured, very long finish. Already delicious, it's a very ageworthy, savoury and supple red, well worth cellaring to 2020+."
5 Stars & 19.0/20 Raymond Chan, October 2017 (2015 Vintage)
"Full, dark ruby-red colour with slight purple hues, lighter edged. This has a firmly concentrated and intense nose of ripe black cherry and dark raspberry fruit with an amalgam of dark plums, violet florals and fresh herbs, and a suggestion of nutty oak. Medium-full bodied, the palate has a deep and concentrated heart with rich, integrated flavours of ripe black cherries, raspberries and plums, melded with nuances of fresh herbs, a suggestion of whole bunch stalk perfumes, violet florals, with nutty and spicy oak. The fruit is supported by fine-grained, flowery and supple tannins providing a velvety structure, with harmonious, balanced acidity. The wine flows to a long, lingering finish of black and dark-red fruits, herbs and florals. This is a rich, finely concentrated, ripe black cherry and raspberry fruited Pinot Noir with subtle, complexing herb, floral and nutty detail on a velvety, but structured palate. Serve with pork, beef, lamb and venison dishes over the next 6-8+ years. A blend of 6 clones from vines dating back to 1983, indigenous yeast fermented with 10-25% whole bunches to 14.0% alc., the wine aged 18 months in 30-40% new oak."
94/100 Gary Walsh, The Wine Front, November 2017 (2015 Vintage)
"Wonderful Marlborough Pinot Noir of depth and intensity. Medium to full bodied, thick and chocolaty with hazelnut, and plum, and plum skin tannin, a slight but lovely regional herbal bitterness – like chinotto – concentration and dark chocolate on a very long finish. It’s the wine equivalent of settling into a dark coloured bean bag, and enjoying the show. That grainy tannin. So good. Come along for the ride."
93/100 Jamie Goode, December 2017 (2015 Vintage)
"This has a really nice density to it. Concentrated with a savoury, slightly cedary edge to the sweet cherry and raspberry fruit, with nice focus and structure. A bit grippy in its youth but showing nice texture and potential to develop medium-term in bottle. Very appealing and with some seriousness, possessing non fruit complexity."
18.5/20 Joelle Thomson, December 2017 (2015 Vintage)
"The 2015 vintage was a great one in New Zealand with drier weather, lower rainfall and a warmer summer than most years, which eased the pressure on winemakers to pick grapes before their optimal window, and this is what makes the reds from that year so tasty. Like the year, this wine is dry, super concentrated in flavour (black cherries, savoury spice, hints of mushroom) and a full body. It drinks well now, but be sure to decant it and let the wine sit for two hours or more, before drinking. It also has outstanding potential to cellar well and evolve into an even more complex wine."