Dog Point Pinot Noir 2019

Dog Point Pinot Noir is one of the icons of Marlborough and for good reason. Winemakers Ivan and James first began their journey in the NZ wine game by starting globally-acclaimed winery Cloudy Bay. They are maestro’s at producing superb pinot noir and this wine is no exception. Dark red berry and cherry fruits blend seamlessly with dark herbs, earthiness, raspberry liqueur and liquorice elements, all wrapped up a fine-grained tannin and refined structural bow. Dog Point is responsible for some of Marlborough's best Pinot noir. This release has lifted aromas of dark cherries stone fruit and violets. The palate is rich and complex with a supple velvety texture.
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  • Pure, focused, supple and elegant.
  • An impressive New Zealand Producer - every one of their wines is incredibly high quality for the price
  • Has more weight and density than most from Marlborough.
  • Single Bottle
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Tasting Profile

  • Light (Light)
    Full (Full)
  • Low Tannin (Low Tannin)
    Tannic (Tannic)
  • Sweet (Sweet)
    Dry (Dry)
  • Low (Low)
    High (High)
  • Aroma
    • Earthy
    • Herbal
    • Red Fruits
  • Palate
    • Cedar
    • Red Cherry
    • Strawberry

Food Pairings

  • Fish
  • Game
  • Poultry

Critic Scores & reviews

  • Bob Campbell MW

    "(previous vintage) This wine has the X-factor - every sip is even better than the last."
  • Huon Hooke

    "(previous vintage) Deep red/purple, an impressive colour for pinot, and the bouquet is toasty, smoky and oak-driven, its fruit shy and reserved, the palate slightly bitter from oak and extraction. This needs years to mellow and soften, but I'm not sure it will ever be very pinoty or charming. There is good, ripe dark cherry pinot fruit buried in here, though. Cellar it! (PS: It needs a big glass)"

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New Zealand

The New Zealand wine industry is one of the younger wine regions in the world, whose popularity grew immensely when Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc hit the world wine scene, quite unique in style when compared to the typical French Sancerre.

Wine is successfully cultivated on both the North and South islands from a latitude of 36 degrees in the North to 45 degrees for the most southerly wine region in the world, the South Island's Central Otago. The majority of regions are located in free-draining alluvial valleys except for Waiheke Island and Kawarau Gorge in Central Otago and benefit from the moderating effect of the maritime climate as no vineyard is more than 80 miles from the ocean. With plentiful sunshine hours and cool evening sea breezes, the grapes thrive.

Sauvignon Blanc is the major white variety people will think of when you mention New Zealand Whites, however fantastic Chardonnay, Riesling, Pinot Gris, Gewurztraminer and less commonly Viognier, Chenin Blanc and Pinot Blanc. Pinot Noir is the most widely planted red variety in New Zealand although Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot (Bordeaux Blends), Syrah are also grown and in even smaller amounts, Tempranillo and Montepulcianos can too be found. Sparkling wines of very high standards are also made in New Zealand.

The key wine regions in New Zealand include Auckland, Canterbury, Central Otago, Gisborne, Hawke's Bay, Marlborough and Nelson.


When most people think of New Zealand wine, the first thing that comes to mind will be Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc. This one variety more than any other helped springboard New Zealand onto the world-wine scene.

The region is located on the northern end of the south island, nestled around the town of Blenheim, and for many years was a sheep region. It was Montana wines, who in 1973 planted the first vines in the region “too far south to grow good wine.” At the time the region was the southernmost region in the country, but nowadays Central Otago takes south to a whole new level.

Plenty of sunshine hours, relatively low rainfall and cool temperatures provide the perfect conditions for growing the world-class Sauvignon Blanc for the region is renowned for. Other whites grown include Chardonnay, Riesling, Pinot Gris, Gewurztraminer and Sparkling wines. Pinot Noir dominates the red varieties grown, though is typically lighter-bodied than Central Otago or Martinborough Pinots.

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About the brand Dog Point

Winemakers Ivan Sutherland and James Healy met while working together at Marlborough's famed Cloudy Bay Vineyards on New Zealand's South Island. Considering Ivan's 18+ years of experience as a viticulturist and James' background in oenology, the pair decided to branch out on their own to create wines from Ivan and his wife's Dog Point Vineyard. Their first vintage (2002) was released in 2004 and the Dog Point label was born. Organic practices are carried out in the vineyard with over 150 hectares being certified by BioGrow New Zealand in 2012.

With both winemakers having travelled to Burgundy in the past, they admired the minimal intervention approach applied by many of the region's producers. Drawing from that experience, Ivan and James choose to take advantage of new-world technology while applying old-world philosophies. Dog Point Vineyards produces Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and two labels of Sauvignon Blanc, the premium of which has been barrel-matured to create complexity and charm.

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