2016 CHARDONNAY

TASTING NOTE

Colour: Pale straw in colour.

Bouquet: a citrus driven chardonnay with complex flinty, toasty and biscuit notes derived from extended barrel aging on full solids.

Palate: Vibrant, lively acidity delivers a focused palate which unfurls and exposes intense citrus flavours with an underlying brioche and hazelnut influence.

Food match: Scallops, white fish and BBQ Pork.

Cellaring: Five to seven years.

TECHNICAL DETAILS

Growing Region              Marlborough home vineyards
Alcohol 13.5%
Acidity 6.6 g/l 
Maturation

18 months in older
French Oak barrels (15% new) 

Chardonnay

2/3 Mendoza, 1/3 B95 clones hand-picked from our home vineyard at 5 tonnes/ha (30hl/ha), from vines dating back to 1981. Fruit is whole bunch pressed and transferred directly to French oak barrels (15% new) and left to undergo indigenous primary and secondary malolactic fermentations for 18 months in barrel. Bottled without fining and with only minimal filtration.

REVIEWS

95 points - Mike Bennie

One of the top chardonnay wines in New Zealand, generally speaking. Indeed, Dog Point in general excels at its quarries. This one is for the flint and mineral fans. Strong slate and graphite scents, lemon and apple underlying. The palate is racy, whipcracked with citrus/white flesh stone fruit, charged with that flinty mineral thing going on. Sheesh, it's got some velocity too. In its style, it's done brilliantly. A fancy racing car of a wine. Cellar long too.

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