jamie goode's wine blog: Dog Point: serious NZ wines

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Dog Point: serious NZ wines

Two wines from Dog Point, a premium New Zealand winery formed by ex-Cloudy Bay viticulturalist and winemaker team Ivan Sutherland and James Healy. These wines are better than Cloudy Bay! Especially the remarkable Pinot Noir, which I really enjoyed.

Dog Point Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc 2007 Marlborough, New Zealand
Lively aromatic nose with a nice combination of intense, grassy herby notes with restrained passion fruit character. It falls on the side of freshness rather than richness. The palate is concentrated, rich, vibrant and intense with lovely rich fruity characters combining with grassy, minerally freshness. Fantastic grown-up Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc of real interest. 91/100 (£12.95 Berry Bros & Rudd)

Dog Point Vineyard Pinot Noir 2006 Marlborough, New Zealand
This is just fantastic. One of the very best New Zealand Pinot Noirs: complex, balanced, and every so slightly funky. The nose has a lovely subtly meaty, spicy, warm, herb tinged cherry fruit character, as well as some floral, almost northern Rhône-like notes. The palate is textured and elegant with beautifully balanced savoury spiciness, just a touch of herbiness, and sweet berry fruits with just enough structure to keep things savoury. Beautifully poised and very easy to drink, this has seriousness, elegance and charm. 94/100 (13.5% alcohol, cork sealed) (£20.50 Berry Bros & Rudd)

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At 8:56 PM, Blogger Paul Tudor said...


I really like the 2007 Dog Point SB. I am not so convinced by the 2008 vintage, which I tried recently. I think there are other wines from this vintage which will be better. Nevertheless, they are a serious producer who are making an impact.


At 11:07 PM, Blogger Jamie said...

Paul, thanks for the input. I'm drinking the Pinot as I write, and it's a lovely wine with really interesting, almost old world complexity to it.

At 10:23 PM, Anonymous Alastair said...

Simply love Dog Point 2006 and 2007. I must look up the Pinot Noir and try that.


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