Dog Point Vineyard Chardonnay 2011
Chardonnay from Marlborough, New Zealand
The nose exhibits ripe citrus, minerality, hints of roasted nuts and toasty aromas together with savoury overtones derived from extended contact with yeastlees. This is a rich full-bodied wine displaying ripe citrus with chalky textural yeast complexity enhanced by flavors of roasted nuts.
The Wine Advocate - "The 2011 Chardonnay entices the nose with notes of honeyed apricots, pineapple paste and lemon tart highlighted by hints of cashews and brioche. Medium to full-bodied with a great concentration of tropical and nutty flavors, it has an uplifting line of racy acid and a long finish. Drink it now to 2019+.
Wine Spectator - "The toasty, smoky nuances are very aromatic up front, displaying a ripe, fleshy quality to the peach, apple and nectarine flavors. Smooth and complex, with plenty of pop from a juicy lemon note. Long finish."
International Wine Cellar - "Aromas of musky apple and ginger show a trace of sexy reduction. Sweet, supple and harmonious, with bright acidity energizing the flavors of nectarine and oak spices. Tactile, savory chardonnay with noteworthy intensity. Give this a brisk double decanting to eliminate its excess CO2--or a year or so in the cellar."
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Dog Point Vineyard Winery
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. View all Dog Point Vineyard Wines
About MarlboroughView a map of Marlborough wineries (mahrl-bore-oh)
Sitting pretty on the northern tip of New Zealand's south island, Marlborough has become synonymous with New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc. As well it should be – Marlborough is the primary region for those delicious, citrusy, summer-lovin' wines with vibrant acidity and pungent, grassy, grapefruit flavors. Sauvignon Blanc is the main grape here; Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Riesling are also made.
Notable FactsThe region has well-drained alluvial loam soils, which are perfect for grape growing. The grapes receive a good deal of sunshine during the day, but recovers in the cool evenings. Marlborough's growing season is long, which helps foster the gradual, even ripening of the grapes. Not made for much aging, the Sauvignon Blancs of Marlborough are of the buy ‘em and drink ‘em class of wine. Expect little vintage variation here - quantity differs more than quality.
About New ZealandThe country of New Zealand is about 1000 miles from the coast of Australia. It consists of two long islands, end to end, that are approximately the same length as California. Most of the country's climate is maritime due to the abundant coastline. The northern island is warmer and wetter, while the southern island is cooler and dryer. The most popular grapes of New Zealand are Sauvignon Blanc (made most famous by the bright, crisp wines coming out of Marlborough), Chardonnay and the ever-growing Pinot Noir.
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Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Crisp
- Light to medium bodied wines that are high in acid and light to medium fruit. Typically no oak.
Fruity & Smooth
- Light to medium bodied wines with lots of juicy fruit, typically medium acid and medium oak.
Rich & Creamy
- Full bodied wines that have typically undergone malo-lactic fermentation and/or spent time in oak.