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Dog Point Marlborough Pinot Noir 2021

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Vibrant in its youth, this pinot shows generous cherry, plum and redcurrant notes on the nose, all beautifully polished. The palate is lifted and succulent, with well integrated fine-grained tannins and precise, focused acidity carrying the fruit flavours through to the finish. With time in a decanter savoury notes come through. With maturity this will soften into a plush, mellow pinot with notes of leather and forest floor complementing the fruit. This is one of the best examples of Marlborough pinot noir from a superb-quality if low-yielding vintage. Given that, we urge you not to miss out on a particularly fine release of this stand-out Marlborough pinot from one of the great wineries of New Zealand.
Price: £30.00 Bottle
Price: £180.00 Case of 6
In Stock
Code: NZ14721

Wine characteristics

  • Red Wine
  • Medium-bodied
  • Pinot Noir
  • 75cl
  • Now to 2033
  • 13.5% Alcohol
  • oak used but not v. noticeable
  • Screwcap
  • Organic

Dog Point

Marlborough’s Dog Point is a partnership between viticulturalist Ivan Sutherland and winemaker James Healy, both formerly of Cloudy Bay. After leaving Cloudy Bay the pair began making wine from fruit sourced from Sutherland’s own vineyards in the Wairau Valley. Abundant sunshine, low rainfall and cool autumn nights here make for a long grape growing season, enabling the slow evolution of a rich array of vibrant fruit flavours.

Dog Point produces a small but high-quality portfolio of four incredibly exciting wines. Their sauvignon blanc is beautifully elegant and fine-tasting with a stunning perfume. Section 94 is, unusually for Marlborough, a barrel-fermented sauvignon blanc which undergoes extended lees contact in older barrels. We regard it as New Zealand’s most distinctive sauvignon - the name comes from a specific plot known as section 94 on an early survey map of the area. The impressive chardonnay too sees some oak and is broad-flavoured yet restrained. Pinot noir is highly perfumed and stylish with a silky palate.

Grapes are hand-picked and winemaking is as natural as possible with only indigenous yeasts being used. The intention here is to remain a hands-on, boutique operation making regionally distinctive and vineyard-expressive wines.

Sustainability
Dog Point is New Zealand's largest certified organic vineyard by Biogro NZ. Conversion to organic production began in 2009. Numerous practices they have adopted include mulching runings and winery...

Marlborough’s Dog Point is a partnership between viticulturalist Ivan Sutherland and winemaker James Healy, both formerly of Cloudy Bay. After leaving Cloudy Bay the pair began making wine from fruit sourced from Sutherland’s own vineyards in the Wairau Valley. Abundant sunshine, low rainfall and cool autumn nights here make for a long grape growing season, enabling the slow evolution of a rich array of vibrant fruit flavours.

Dog Point produces a small but high-quality portfolio of four incredibly exciting wines. Their sauvignon blanc is beautifully elegant and fine-tasting with a stunning perfume. Section 94 is, unusually for Marlborough, a barrel-fermented sauvignon blanc which undergoes extended lees contact in older barrels. We regard it as New Zealand’s most distinctive sauvignon - the name comes from a specific plot known as section 94 on an early survey map of the area. The impressive chardonnay too sees some oak and is broad-flavoured yet restrained. Pinot noir is highly perfumed and stylish with a silky palate.

Grapes are hand-picked and winemaking is as natural as possible with only indigenous yeasts being used. The intention here is to remain a hands-on, boutique operation making regionally distinctive and vineyard-expressive wines.

Sustainability
Dog Point is New Zealand's largest certified organic vineyard by Biogro NZ. Conversion to organic production began in 2009. Numerous practices they have adopted include mulching runings and winery waste to create a healthy organic compost for use on plantings throughout the property. In spring, they plant cover crops such as buckwheat and phaecelia between the vines to encourage beneficial insects for biological control of insect pests. Their organic approach also means they do not use fossil fuel-based fertilisers which means that their soils store more carbon.

The estate is a biodiverse environment: as well as vines, trees and pinenut trees dot the landscape and are harvested each year. Over the winter months, 2,500 sheep and 25 steers are brought onto the property to control grass and weed growth and assist in adding organic matter to the soil. There are also some roving chickens, ducks, and a pig. Dog Point believe that the use of natural products throughout production provides a safe and happy work environment for their staff.

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Made by two Cloudy Bay alumni, this textbook Marlborough Pinot is bright and vibrant, perfumed with cranberry, wild strawberry, redcurrant and a dash of dill. One for those who prefer their NZ Pinots...
Made by two Cloudy Bay alumni, this textbook Marlborough Pinot is bright and vibrant, perfumed with cranberry, wild strawberry, redcurrant and a dash of dill. One for those who prefer their NZ Pinots bright and fruity rather than dark and meaty.
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