Dog Point Chardonnay 2020 (93 W&S)
“Flinty reduction is the most immediate impression, before the luscious texture and fresh finish begin to take its place. This fruit, including some from vines planted in 1981, is pressed directly to barrel (10 percent new), where it is left to ferment on its own yeasts and age with all of its lees for 18 months. It develops scents of almond skin and puff pastry, with acidity to keep it firm and mouthwatering, especially with roast veal of rabbit. Or, as Corey Warren suggested, “Bring it to a blind tasting group and see who calls Meursault.” -J.G. 2/23
Dog Point Vineyard
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.
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.