The name Dog Point dates from the earliest European settlement of Marlborough and the introduction of sheep to the district. "These were days of few fences, of boundary riders and boundary keeping dogs".
Shepherds' dogs sometimes became lost or wandered off and eventually bred into a marauding pack which attacked local flocks.
Their home was a tussock and scrub covered hill, overlooking the Wairau Plains, designated by the early settlers as Dog Point.
Marlborough's Wairau Valley is the major grape growing region of New Zealand, a confined geographical area at the northern tip of the South Island. Abundant sunshine, low rainfall and cool autumn nights characterise our long growing season, enabling the slow evolution of a rich array of vibrant fruit flavors.
Fruit for our wines is sourced from selected vineyard plantings dating back to the late 1970's. These older well-established vines situated on free draining silty clay loams are supplemented with fruit from closely planted hillside vines with a clay loam influence.
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The Dog Point Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc shows aromas of ripe tropical fruits, ripecitrus, melon, tangerine on the nose. Textural on the palate, with juicy acidity, minerality, and a refreshing lemon/lime infused finish.
This wine pairs well with white meats, pale cheeses, seafood especially... more
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The 2012 Dog Point Sauvignon Blanc has tempting aromas of tropical fruits, ripe citrus, lemongrass and guava combined with its fine texture, juicy acidity and a lingering crisp finish make this wine a perfect match with seafood, poultry, vegetable dishes and aromatic white cheeses. more
The 2011 Dog Point Sauvignon Blanc is a straw green color, with a fresh, intensely concentrated aromas of tropical fruits infused with ripe citrus notes, complemented by lifted hints of lemongrass and passionfruit. It has a fine texture and acidity, with a degree of minerality and a lasting,... more
Bright straw green. Bouquet is refreshingly intense concentration of citrus, tropical fruits and fragrant fresh summer herbs, underpinned by an appealing degree of minerality. Generous full bodied wine displaying an excellent balance of fruit and acidity with a fine citrus infused finish, a... more
Dog Point Pinot Noir is mouth-filling and elegant, with aromas of bright red fruits complemented by floral notes and a subtle, underlying varietal earthy character. Lifted rich fruit and well integrated spicy oak flavors show excellent balance with sweet tannins and a lingering soft finish. more
Dog Point's Sauvignon Blanc is grown on clay soils in Marlborough's Wairau Valley. This soil profile yields a wine with more defined citrus characteristics than the more common gravel soils. The grapes are harvested by hand and whole-cluster pressed, then fermented in stainless steel. Fresh and... more
Dog Point is a collaboration between viticulturalist Ivan Sutherland and enologist James Healy, both long-term veterans of Cloudy Bay. Ivan purchased and began to plant this pristine Marlborough, NZ property in 1979, from which he and James now produce small quantities of hand-crafted wines from... more
Dog Point Vineyard is a collaboration between two former key staff members of Cloudy Bay, enologist James Healy and viticulturalist Ivan Sutherland. Both left Cloudy Bay at the end of 2003 and have produced their own wines from the 2002 vintage forward. The wines are hand-crafted from estate... more
18.5 + Lemongreen, beautiful. A voluminous ripe sauvignon bouquet of ripest red capsicum, black passionfruit and some honeysuckle florals, though the subtlety of the latter is a bit hidden by soft fragrant oak aromas. In addition there are attractive baguette / breadcrust lees autolysis... more