Shepherds' dogs sometimes became lost or wandered off and eventually bred into a marauding pack which attacked local flocks. Their home was a tussock and scrub covered hill, overlooking the Wairau Plains, designated by the early settlers as Dog Point.
Dog Point Vineyard is situated at the confluence of the Brancott and Omaka Valleys and is one of the oldest privately established vineyards in Marlborough. The property owned by Ivan and Margaret Sutherland with its undulating terrain, clay loam soils and desirable northerly aspect is sensitively planted to Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir and farmed using sustainable viticultural practices.
James and Wendy Healy join with the Sutherlands to form the winemaking partnership with the objective of creating regionally distinctive wines with a point of difference. All fruit is sourced from Dog Point with a major emphasis being total involvement together by Ivan and James in the production process from vine to bottle and with significant industry experience they make a formidable team. Utilising New World technology together with Old World philosophy and practices their intention is to produce wines of a style they would like to drink themselves.
Bouquet: Bright, fresh, citrus driven sauvignon, with elements of honeydew melon, pears and gala apples in the background. A very pure, yet restrained, classic sauvignon expression.
Palate: The citrus core of flavours are juicy and intense. Deliciously refreshing acidity and mellow rounded texture on the finish. The wine calls for fresh, simple seafood, but as usual, can be enjoyed on its own.
Food match: Fresh, simple seafood dishes especially oysters. Also compliments goat's cheese well.
Cellaring: Drinks beautifully now or can be cellared for five years or more.