Dog Point Pinot Noir 2016
100% Pinot Noir from Marlborough. Dog Point is one of the earliest private vineyards established in the Wairau Valley and has some of the oldest vines.
Comprising six different Pinot Noir clones from vines dating back to 1983. Vines were cropped, hand harvested and hand sorted, prior to de-stemming, 15% whole bunch included. Fermented in small stainless open top fermenters without pumping. Fermentation conducted by indigenous yeasts over 2 to 3 weeks prior to pressing into 40% new French oak barrels for 18 months. Bottled without fining or filtration.
Ripe spectrum of flavours led by dark stone fruit and evident spice aromas. The palate is bold with intense red and dark fruit. The use of whole bunch inclusion during fermentation adds a layer of dried herbs and floral notes. A rich and full palate structure with even, fine-grained tannins.
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19/20 POINTS - Raymond Chan Wine Reviews, Oct 2017
93 POINTS - Jamie Goode Wine Reviews
92 POINTS - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (Joe Czerwinski)
97 POINTS (Top Marlborough Pinot Noir) - Bob Campbell MW Wine Reviews:
"Rich, concentrated Pinot Noir with ripe plum, black cherry, liquorice, spice, anise and nutty oak flavours. A powerful wine that's a pleasure to taste now but has the potential to develop well in bottle."