The venerable Chardonnay vines in this important site planted by Ivan and Margaret Sutherland in 1983. Their wise, twisted trunks bear witness to decades of good management, now in the wonderfully capable hands of Nigel Sowman, Viticulturist for Dog Point Vineyard. Clay bound gravels proffer both volume and aromatic lift, and the Mendoza clone conspire to provide tiny berries, thus high dry extract. We are grateful and fortunate to collaborate here.
28hl/ha from a 2 hectare parcel from this cool, strong-soiled site on Dog Point Road
Handpicked, whole bunch pressed, no settling; indigenous primary and malolactic fermentations, enduring 10 months. Raised in used French oak, 450-500L puncheons. Bottled in March 2017. Alcohol 14.5%, Production: 1,223 x 6 bottle cases .
Brilliant, pale gold.
Complex, layered aromatics, with yellow fruit; toasty, ferment-derived tones; and a fascinating musky note. This seems more the expression of an ecosystem – plant, soil, yeast, sun, etc. – than mere fruit.
Surprisingly, after the power and depth of the nose, very pure and bright on the palate, with a light carriage across formidable length. Flavours of lemon curd, fresh buttered toast, even jasmine rice. Compelling, at the moment, for its combination of aromatic intrigue and palate clarity.