James Halliday

2009 Pinot Noir

Vivid crimson hue; an absolutely classic example of Marlborough Pinot, with bright red fruits in abundance, offset by savoury bramble and mineral tones; the palate is juicy and fresh on entry, giving way to smoky oak derived notes, and finally to savoury mineral complexity; a firm and fresh style of the variety, with true ageing potential. 93/100

Paul Forget, Ontario, Canada

2009 Chardonnay

This Chardonnay is 100% estate grown fruit, barrel fermented, in French oak (15% new) for 18 months with alcohol coming in at 14%. Straw yellow in color, this Chardonnay opens up with aromas of pear, peach, pineapple, lime zest, toasty and roasted nuts. On the palate, medium bodied, lean in the mouth with a slightly sweet and creamy texture with fresh acidity. Very nice length on the finish, with a mix of citrus/ripe tree fruit and refreshing acidity. What you get from Dog Point Chardonnay 2009 is elegance and a great deal of finesse. And yes, a New Zealand white wine with a cork closure. Strongly recommended. 92/100