Dog Point Marlborough Chardonnay 2011 is amazing. If you love Chardonnay, you have to buy some of this wine. Dog Point Marlborough Chard has a beautiful and intense nose. It smells of red fruits, with melons, mango. So pure, so clean, just a hint of development, not at all what I’d expect from a 10-year-old Chardonnay.
The palate of Dog Point Marlborough Chardonnay 2011 shows sweet, ripe fruits, cumquat, lemon acid, pink grapefruit. Again, there is just a hint of development on this amazingly fresh wine.
Dog Point Marlborough Chardonnay 2011 is ready to drink now. It is gorgeous; I would drink this one once a week forever if I could (which I kind of can with my coravin!). It is going to keep this peak for a very long time, though.
I’d pair this Dog Point Marlborough Chardonnay 2011 with rotisserie chicken.
Dog Point Marlborough Chardonnay 2011, and all wines are eligible for at least 5% off any six bottles. And 10% off any 12 bottles. Some wines will be at a more significant discount and not subject to further discounts.
Dog Point is one of the greatest vineyards I have ever visited, and Dog Point is one of my favourite producers. Dog Point makes Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir and all of their wines have complexity, texture and vibrancy.
Dog Point Marlborough Chardonnay 2011 Wine Review
“Impressive Chardonnay with concentrated white peach/tree fruit and citrus flavours plus a seasoning of appealing nut and bran biscuit flavours. Winemaking artefact flatters the intensely fruity core. Bone dry with a lingering finish. Great food wine.”
The New Zealand region that took over the wine world. Defining the way modern Sauvignon Blanc looked and allowing countless consumers to go anywhere and know they can rely on a glass of Marlborough Sauv Blanc. If you scratch the surface, you’ll find a lot of fascinating people and wines.
The grape that you can plant anywhere, in any climate and do anything to, and it will still taste like an OK wine. When people hit the sweet spot of site, climate, cropping and winemaking, Chardonnay becomes a magical wine that will age gracefully but charm you at any age. Chardonnays can range from cool-climate lean and citrusy to warmer climate tropical and overt. Oak and lees can add flavouring, as can malolactic fermentation.
New Zealand shot to fame with their unique take on Sauvignon Blanc. The wines of Marlborough were unlike anything in the world at the time. And over a decade on, a lot of people still love that style. In my opinion, they dropped the ball. It could have been the next Champagne: Limited, rare, expensive. The following fashion was the robust Pinots Noir from Central Otago; for about 18 months, they were the hot ticket red.
On the back of these fads, wine lovers discovered other regions. Pinot from Martinborough, Cabernet from Waiheke Island, reds from Hawkes Bay, the whites and Pinot from Nelson.
For me, New Zealand has a lot of potential, and perhaps their best wines are yet to come. I would argue that the wines are made to drink now or drink young. They are delicate with overt fruit, and most don’t chase savoury flavours.
Wine is the result you get from fermented grape juice. There is proof of wine production dating back 8000 years ago. Fashions, innovations and many other factors have influenced the way wine has evolved over the years.
The wine grape is special. It contains everything you need to make grape wine except for the yeast, which lives on the outside of the skins.
Human inputs can influence the final product, including the viticulture (growing) choices. And the winemaker can shape the wine to a point too.
The best wines of the world often refer to terroir. Terroir is a French term that refers to all the climatic, geological and topographical influences on a specific piece of land. And it is true that neighbouring vineyards, grown identically, can taste noticeably different.
It is interesting to know that you can make white wine from almost any grape. The colour comes from the skins, and if there is no contact, there is no colour. White wines tend to be delicate, perfumed, higher in acid and lower in alcohol. It seems for this and many other reasons, it is hard to make an incredibly impressive white wine. But those that have mastered the art are indeed some of the best winemakers in the world.
It is a falsehood to think that white wine does not age as well as red wine. But it is correct that white wine, as a rule, doesn’t age for as long.
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