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.
33hl/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 2016. Alcohol 14.5%, Production: 1,425 x 6 bottle cases .
Straw/gold bright, but with a little happy haze.
This smells yellow. Goldenrod, acacia honeydue melon and a slight buttered popcorn note.
Lively struck stone notes behind, prevent a toppling into richness and reignite energy and interest.
After the glad easiness of the nose the palate seems adamant, almost scolding. This blend of flattery and instruction feels like a lucky phenomenon in our first vintage of this wine.