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2019 Pinot Noir, Dog Point, Marlborough, New Zealand

Bottle or Case: Single Bottle
Sale price£34.95

2019 Pinot Noir, Dog Point, Marlborough, New Zealand

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A great vintage in Marlborough in 2019 plus a super strong wine making team at Dog Point results in what many say is the best Pinot Noir Dog Point have produced to date. Plush notes of chocolate, cherry and red plums within a supple and textured palate makes this a fuller, more powerful and evocative wine than you'd expect from a Pinot Noir at this price point.


My favorite Dog Point Pinot Noir to date, the 2019 is seductive and savory, While transparent, it shows the depth of color so typical of this small-berried, high-anthocyanin vintage. Sourced from the clay-loam slopes of the southern valleys, this offers a full, ripe style, plush texture and rounded tannins that are almost cocoa-powdery, with log-fire-like smoky notes derived from 18 months in French oak. A portion of whole clusters in the ferment (30%) brings a lifted floral character to meet the cherry and plum flavors. The lengthy finish provides a fragrant, complex conclusion. 92 Points. Vinous - Rebecca Gibb MW (April 2022)


This 92 point Pinot Noir from the iconic Marlborough area of New Zealand will pair famously well with a range of darker meats due to its excellent quality of fruit and tannin as well as traditional salmon/chicken dishes.


Another low yielding vintage in 2019 but the resultant exceptional high quality fruit makes the slightly higher prices worthwhile. Many Marlborough producers felt that 2019 was their best-ever vintage. The growing year was fairly uniform with plenty of sunshine and heat to ripen the grapes but not exceptionally hot and the wines are well balanced with the best expression being teased out of the trickiest of grapes, of which Pinot Noir is the trickiest.


Famous for its Cloudy Bay imports, James Healy, the ex head winemaker at New Zealand's most famous winery; Cloudy Bay and Ivan Sutherland; former chief viticulturalist there too, Dog Point make stylish, expressive wines at a slightly lower price point to Cloudy Bay but in many vintages of equal quality. 

The three major grapes here are Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir and the lesser renowned (in these parts) Chardonnay, although Dog Point would have Cloudy Bay beaten on the quality of their Chardonnay. The Sauvignon Blanc is planted on the valley floor, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay mostly on the upper ridges.

Dog Point are staunchly and famously vegan in production having made that choice long before it was fashionable to do so. All the grapes are hand-picked, and, with the exception of the stainless steel made Sauvignon, all wines are given a length of extended barrel ageing with minimal handling and rackling. Great believers in doing the majority of the 'work' in the vineyard rather than the winery, Dog Point's wines are non-interventionalist.


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The wine is best drunk young but can evolve and change over the coming years but it's peak will be now-2025.

This wine should be served between 12-18°C as preference dictates and stored over the longer term at around 12°C.


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2019 Pinot Noir, Dog Point, Marlborough

Wine Card
Wine Producer Dog Point
Wine Region Marlborough
Wine Classification Marlborough
Wine Type Red
Grape Variety Pinot Noir
Vintage 2019
Vintage Quality Good to Excellent - Parker
Maturity Drink Now but Will Improve
Body Mid-Full Bodied
Sweetness Dry
Alcohol % 13.5%
Bottle Type Burgundy 75cl
Serving Temperature 12-18°C
Food Pairing Venison, Chicken, Salmon
Awards 92 Points - Vinous

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