Dog Point Chardonnay 2017 (6-pack)

Dog Point Chardonnay 2017 (6-pack)

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Bob Campbell MW - 93 Points
Savoury, complex chardonnay, with less emphasis on citrus and grapefruit fruit flavours and more on struck flint, fireworks, biscuit and brioche-like lees character. Good acidity and an appealing texture. Drink 2019 - 2024

Vineyard Location
Marlborough home vineyards on hill slopes and surrounding foothills. Viticulture 6.0 tonnes/hectare. Some plantings dating back to 1981. Clones 60% Mendoza, 40% Clone 95.

Soil
Clay and silt/clay loams.

Vintage
Our 2017 harvest will be remembered as the shortest one ever (21 days) at Dog Point Vineyard, later than normal due to the abnormally late summer weather, and finishing before major rain events in mid April. It began with warm spring and summer weather resulting in good bud-burst and desirable even growth. Cool weather followed in early December with dry, and at times windy, weather mid-summer. Late February rain helped replenish the soil prior to harvest, and cooler but otherwise excellent growing conditions prevailed into the autumn. Attentive viticultural practice allowed us to achieve optimum physiological ripeness at lower sugars, resulting in impressive fruit flavours. Wine Winemaking Hand picked and gently pressed straight to barrel (15% new) for eighteen months. No juice clarification with 100% wild primary and secondary fermentations. Bottled without fining and with only minimal filtration.

Colour
Pale straw in colour.

Aroma A pure, bright and youthful citrus driven chardonnay with complex smokey, flint, toast and biscuit notes derived from extended barrel aging on full solids.

Palate A strong year for Chardonnay delivered vibrant, lively acidity. The palate is focussed and restrained which unfurls on the finish and exposes the intense citrus core with underlying cashew, nutty flavours. Cellaring Seven to ten years