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Vintage New Zealand Crush

Savour a clutch of authentic and organic New Zealand ferments crafted by creative winemakers and take in their journey of 18 fine vintages bottled and many yet still to come.
Dog Point is a boutique estate, nestled in New Zealand’s cool, windswept region of Marlborough on the country’s South Island. Dog Point began its vinous journey over 18 years ago, founded by viticulturist Ivan Sutherland and winemaker James Healy who had worked together at New Zealand’s iconic producer Cloudy Bay. Ivan was in fact one of Marlborough wine’s pioneers, having planted vines as far back as the 1970s. Together, Ivan and James bottled Dog Point’s first vintage in 2004, naming their estate as a tribute to Marlborough’s European settlement history when dogs were deployed to protect the local flocks of sheep. Today, a very friendly pack of dogs meet and greets visiting guests.

Dogpoint has focused its energies on three of New Zealand’s most successful varieries, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Dog Point’s vineyards have the natural privilege of nutrient rich clay and loam soils, abundant sunshine, low rainfall and cool autumn nights that extend the growing season, thereby allowing the grapes to evolve slowly and develop depth of flavour. Dog Point’s philosophy is centered around hands on viticulture and organic farming. So Ivan ensures that the vines are hand harvested and grapes low cropped. He has also found creative ways to keep out the pests by planting cover crops like buckwheat between the vines to encourage beneficial insects that devour harmful pests.

During winter, over 2500 sheep feast on the weeds growing underneath the vines. So there’s virtually no need to spray pesticides. The natural approach continues in the winery where only local yeasts are used to ferment the crush. The objective, the founders say, is to create distinctive and vineyard-expressive wines. Dog Point has emerged as one of New Zealand’s finest producers of Sauvignon Blanc, especially the Section 94, a barrel-fermented Sauvignon Blanc which is has unsurprisingly emerged as the benchmark for barrel-fermented Sauvignon Blanc in New Zealand and the estate’s flagship wine. So savour Dog Point’s journey and buy their handcrafted wines at Cheers!

Dog Point, Sauvignon Blanc 2019
This wine is vintage New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc, bursting with fresh citrus, honeydew melon and pears on the palate, buoyed by crisp acidity and mellow finish.
Dog Point, Chardonnay 2017
The barrel aged Chardonnay displays interesting notes of gunflint and smoke, nicely compliment the citrus and grapefruit flavours, coating the palate with rich texture.
Dog Point, Section 94, Sauvignon Blanc 2017
This barrel fermented Sauvignon Blanc is produced from organically grown fruit and teems with flavours of peach and citrus with an edgy mineral finish.
Dog Point, Pinot Noir 2019
Pure elegance in the glass, the Pinot Noir nearly touches perfection with its perfumed floral notes and palate of ripe cherries and herbs, cradled by the subtlest of tannins.