Top 50 Wines for Winter

2014 Pinot Noir

Dog Point is a superstar in the southern hills of the Wairau Valley, and the past few vintages of its pinot noir have really raised the bar. The pretty nose is redolent of late-season strawberries and maraschino cherries, but there is a smoky, bacony undertone, a whiff of expensive oak and secondary development. This wine seems light and approachable, but there is some serious structure here, stacking up against beef, game and rich dishes.


James Suckling, 96 points

2014 Pinot Noir

Plenty of depth to this 2014 Dog Point pinot. It's a boldly stated and concentrated pinot with plenty of detail and interest on offer. The oak delivers plenty of spicy, mocha-tinged complexity, but the rich red-cherry and plum fruit shines through effortlessly. The palate exudes the same confident swagger as the nose, but it's the tannin texture that shines here: Handsome, grainy and long, it carries ripe dark-plum and cherry-fruit flavors in an expansive yet balanced style. Has all you want in a great pinot. Drink now to 2026 (has moved to screw cap).