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.
Ivan Sutherland and James Healy are a formidable duo, a viticulturist and a winemaker who pioneered the Cloudy Bay brand in its early days and now have their own successful wine, Dog Point. This may be their entry level Sauvignon but it’s several steps up the quality ladder from most; savoury and fresh. It drinks well now and is outstanding quality.