2015 Dog Point Chardonnay

Year: 2015
Appellation: Marlborough
Country: New Zealand
Wine Advocate: 93
White Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 13.5%
Price :
$34.95

"The 2015 Chardonnay is a smoky, toasty, medium to full-bodied effort marked by a terrific acid line. That grapefruit note provides the backbone over which riper notions of white peach, toasted hazelnut and pineapple rest. Zesty and refreshing, with a long, mouthwatering finish, this is a compelling example of Marlborough Chardonnay.

After more than ten vintages under their own label, it almost seems silly to mention that owners Ivan Sutherland and James Healy worked together at Cloudy Bay, but that's where their journey started, as viticulturist and winemaker, respectively. Sourcing fruit from the Sutherland family's expansive vineyard holdings along the southern edge of the Wairau Valley, the two continue to turn out exemplary Marlborough wines. Healy decided against chaptalizing the 2017 Sauvignon Blanc, but when looking at the wine recently, he confided that he wished he had. It was picked before the first rains battered Marlborough the 12th-13th of April, so it's concentrated, but it lacks some of the generosity of previous vintages. The high-quality barrel-fermented wines from 2015 reflect that vintage's low yields and dry, sunny weather." (WA)

Winery Notes:
Bouquet:
A ripe, citrus driven Chardonnay. Characteristic biscuit and oatmeal secondary characters and mild flinty notes contrast and compliment the fruit.

Palate:
Our hallmark fresh, vibrant acidity offered by the Mendoza clone offers vitality and vibrancy. A modest amount of new oak delivering subtle char and phenolic structure to the wine. An intensely flavoured yet youthful and lively vintage for Dog Point Chardonnay.

Food match:
Scallops, white fish and BBQ Pork. Cellaring: Five to seven years.