2018 Dog Point Chardonnay


Region: Marlborough, New Zealand

Viticulture: Organic

Winemaker : Ivan Sutherland and James Healy

Established: 2004

The Dog Point Chardonnay is produced with hand picked grapes which are gently pressed straight to barrel (10% new) for eighteen months. No juice clarification with 100% wild primary and secondary fermentations. Bottled without fining and with only minimal filtration. The extended barrel ageing of 18 months shows with nutty flavours and creamy texture. The hallmarks of Dog Point chardonnay are ever present here with pure saline and crisp palate structure.

Sommelier’s Recommendation This Marlborough Chardonnay has to be in your bucket list if you are a Chardonnay lover. Citrus driven notes, stone fruit and creamy texture makes this wine a perfect matching with scallops, grilled fish and BBQ pork.

Ivan and Margaret Sutherland were among the earliest Marlborough wine industry pioneers who planted grapes in Marlborough in the late 1970s. While working at Cloudy Bay Vineyards, Ivan met James Healy, where the pair played an integral part of the evolution of the Cloudy Bay brand. Discovering they shared the same aspirations, Ivan & Margaret and James & Wendy returned to a more ‘hands-on’ approach launching the Dog Point label in 2004 using fruit from the 2002 vintage. Today, the two couples are actively involved in all facets of the business. Succession plans are in place with the next generation of the Sutherland family involved in running the day to day operations.

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