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NZ Chardonnay Storm on the Horizon

July 17, 2019

Tim Jackson MW published an extremely detailed report on Jancis Robinson’s page about the new frontier of New Zealand Chardonnays – boldly noting that some of his colleagues believe that this grape produces the finest white wine New Zealand can make. Among the wineries highlighted in the story and in a tasting of more than 90 wines is Dog Point Vineyard Chardonnay. Jackson notes that “Thankfully, wines such as Dog Point Chardonnay 2006 demonstrated not only that reductive character judiciously used can add an attractive dimension over time, but also that the best Kiwi Chardonnays have the staying power to age gracefully.” Perhaps one of the moist poignant comments in the piece comes from Rebecca Gibb, MW, who states “Kiwi Chardonnay is underrated, and there is more to New Zealand than just Sauvignon Blanc. Consumers need to have the courage to experiment and look beyond their norms.” This feature offers a deep dive into the different styles of NZ Chardonnay, its history and tasting notes from the Master of Wine tour. Read it in full HERE

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    Dog Point Vineyard

    Dog Point Vineyard Chardonnay 2015

    Marlborough

    Several influential voices in the wine industry believe that in time Chardonnay may prove New Zealand's single highest achievement. All three of the Dog Point wines fermented in barrel are small in production, but the Chardonnay is the smallest, and at times indeed the most dazzling.

    Dog Point Vineyard

    Dog Point Vineyard Chardonnay

    Several influential voices in the wine industry believe that in time Chardonnay may prove New Zealand's single highest achievement. All three of the Dog Point wines fermented in barrel are small in production, but the Chardonnay is the smallest, and and times indeed the most dazzling.

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    Dog Point Vineyard

    Marlborough, New Zealand

    Almost since its inception, Dog Point  has been recognized as among the very top (arguably the very top) wine producers in New Zealand.  Their two very different Sauvignon Blancs, their Pinot Noir, and their Chardonnay are all wines of astounding quality and complexity not just in the context of New Zealand wines, but globally.