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18 March 2014 News

Stephen Brooks, of Decanter magazine, writes an article on the two different styles of Sauvignon Blanc from Marlborough or Loire. “Marlborough was attracting attention for the searing, exotic and individual expressions of Sauvignon being coaxed from its young vineyards”, Brooks says, “no Loire grower aims for vegetal characteristics; on the other hand, many New Zealand growers do precisely that”. He gives his top 22 wines to try and his top New Zealand wines is Dog Point’s  2010 Section 94 Sauvignon Blanc with an 18.5 (95 Points) score. Click here to read the full article and his top 22 the reviews.

 
22nd October 2013 News

Stephen Tanzer’s Winophilia recently published a blog entitled “Affordable Pinot Noirs from New Zealand”.  Tanzer mentions “Dog Point Vineyard, which routinely produces one of New Zealand’s  best sauvignon blancs, has a winner in their 2011 Pinot Noir.  On the nose a sweet cherry aroma is lifted by a floral topnote.  Sweet and pliant in the mouth, this shapely, suave pinot displays generous flavors of ripe red and darker berries and spices.  With its fine-grained tannins and persistent aftertaste, this pinot is delicious right now.”  Click here to read the full piece on New Zealand Pinot Noirs.

 
21 June 2013 News

Decanter’s Peter McCombie MW selected Dog Point’s 2012 vintage as one of his top three choices for all New Zealand Sauvignon Blancs. McCombie scores it a 16.5 and comments, “An excellent example of the straight-down-the-line Marlborough style, yet has added interest. There is lively primary fruit (passion fruit, blackcurrant) with citrus freshness and an element of cleansing minerality. Makes an excellent aperitif, but has the structure to partner food.”

 
19 June 2013 News

James Suckling wrote an article for the February issue of Hong Kong Tatler magazine where he discusses New Zealand wines, some of which he thinks are the most exciting in the world.  Suckling says “it’s hard to think of a serious wine producing country other than New Zealand that has come further – and in so little time – in making top quality wines.” He mentions Dog Point’s Section 94 for his Sauvignon Blanc recommendation! You can read the full article by clicking here.

 

 
21 May 2013 News

Wine Spectator published an article by MaryAnn Worobiec, senior editor and lead taster on New Zealand wines, entitled “New Zealand’s Bright Horizon”. The article discusses how far New Zealand wines have come in the industry, the amazing wines the region produces and the accomplished winemakers who have contributed to the bright future New Zealand wines have. Worobiec says the demand for New Zealand’s Sauvignon Blancs, Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays is booming for good reason, these wines offer high quality and the majority of them cost $30 or less per bottle. “New Zealand is now the world’s 10th largest exporter by value.”

She also mentions, “At Dog Point, winemaker James Healy ages the Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough Section 94 2011 (90, $36) for 18 months in older French oak barrels. These wines – and a number of the other top Sauvignon Blancs – exhibit an enticing range of aromatics and offer supple textures.”  You can read more about all the great things New Zealand wines have to offer by click here. Also, see the photo below of James Healy himself feature in the article!

 
2nd May 2013 News

Dog Point recently shared their April 2013 newsletter featuring their harvest report along with other news, wine reviews, and upcoming events. The 2013 harvest is described as widely regarded as one of the most intense and compact ever experienced. “A fantastic summer with plenty of sun and warm weather has led to excellent ripening of the fruit, making for a busy time as Dog Point’s fruit is transferred from the vineyard to the winery.” Click here to read the full newsletter and more about each wine!

 
20 March 2013 News

The wine blog Vinography, by Alder Yarrow, has a new post on the brand new releases from Dog Point Vineyard. There is some great information about the winery and the wines, which he notes as “some of the most refreshing wines being made in New Zealand’s Marlborough region.” His tasting notes are below. All of the new vintages received scores of 9 out of 10 or higher!  Click here to read the full blog post.

2012 Dog Point Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc

Pale gold in the glass, this wine smells of gooseberries and wet stones and lime juice. In the mouth bright lime juice, wet chalkboard and passion fruit flavors have a nice chalky quality to them that is quite pretty. Classically styled but somehow more mineral than someMarlborough Sauvignon Blancs. Wonderful acidity and balance. Nice lemony note on the finish 13.5% alcohol. Score: 99.5/10 .

2011 Dog Point Vineyard “Section 94” Sauvignon Blanc
Pale greenish gold in the glass, this wine smells of struck match and white flowers with a hint of lemon curd. In the mouth bright lemon curd and lemon juice flavors mix with stony deep minerality and an almost tannic quality. Wonderfully long finish.14% alcohol. Score: 99.5/10 .

2011 Dog Point Vineyard Chardonnay
Pale greenish gold in the glass, this wine smells of wet stones and a hint of white flowers with lemon curd backing that up. The tiniest hint of toastiness comes through as well. In the mouth pink grapefruit and lemon juice mix with lemon curd and a deep wet granite character that is quite compelling. Lean and bright without any signature of new oak (the wine is made with 15% new barrels). Fantastic acidity and great balance. One of the best Chardonnays I’ve ever had from New Zealand. 14% alcohol. Score: 9.5/10 .

2011 Dog Point Vineyard Pinot Noir
Medium garnet in color, this wine smells of forest berries and forest floor. In the mouth gorgeously smooth forest berry flavors mix with a wonderful earthiness . Excellent acidity keeps the wine bright and fresh, and the powdery tannins that grip the palate are smooth and supple and allow the generous, stony fruit to shine. 14% alcohol. Score: Score: 99.5/10 .

2010 Dog Point Vineyard Pinot Noir Southern Valleys
Medium garnet in the glass, this wine smells of slightly sweet cherry and cranberry. In the mouth cranberry and a wet stony character are dusted with nearly imperceptible tannins. Good acidity keeps the wine bright. Moderate finish. Score: 9/10

 
25 February 2013 News

 

The 2010 Section 94 Sauvignon Blanc from Dog Point received the second-highest score in Wine Anorak’s ranking of 12 iconic Sauvignon Blancs from all over the world, bested only by Smith Haut Lafitte Blanc Graves 2010. The blind tasting was organized by Brancott Wine Estates earlier this month in order to promote the release of their new high-end Sauvignon Blanc. The stellar line-up included such benchmarks as Didier Dagueneau Silex Pouilly Fume 2010 (93 points) and Cloudy Bay Te Koko 2010 (92 points). The 94-point rating and comments from Jamie Goode below confirm that Dog Point is right up there in the league of these top-flight Sauvignon Blancs…

Dog Point Section 94 Sauvignon Blanc 2010 Marlborough, New Zealand

“Fine, nervous, taut nose of spice, grapefruit and a hint of mineral/matchstick reduction. The palate is taut, textured and reductive with flint, minerals and spice. Stylish with lovely precision: an amazing Sauvignon. 94/100”

Click here to see Wine Anorak’s tasting notes on all the Sauvignon Blancs!

 
19 February 2013 News

Australian wine writer Nick Stock and James Suckling discuss the “magic of non- oaked” white wines. Suckling mentions Dog Point’s 2012 Sauvignon Blanc as one of their “unoaked picks”. He says “One of the most popular unoaked whites in the Asia Pacific region remains sauvignon blanc from New Zealand, particularly those from Cloudy Bay. Most come from the largest wine region of New Zealand, Marlborough, but equally exciting sauvignons can be found from Hawke’s Bay. I like the more steely styles from Dog Point Vineyard and Greywacke.” See below his review and score of the 2012 Sauvignon Blanc and click here to read the full article.

 

 

Dog Point Vineyard 2012 Sauvignon Blanc “It’s got all the guava and grapefruit character you could want with a chalky texture and lively intensity.” 92 Points

 
15 February 2013 News

Blogger, Jamie Goode, writes of some wines he shared over lunch with his sister. In the mix was Dog Point’s 2012 Sauvignon Blanc. Read his comments below, or click here to read the full post.

“First of all, Dog Point Sauvignon Blanc 2012. This is the second time I’ve had this wine, and I don’t think there are many better Marlborough Sauvignons out there. It’s precise, aromatic and taut with a lovely grapefruit character as well as subtle green grassy notes. I really like the 2012 vintage in Marlborough, which was a very cool year saved from disaster by a long, warm autumn.”