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.
Handpicked fruit is whole bunch pressed and cold settled before fermentation. A portion of this wine is fermented using indigenous yeasts. The wine is aged for 2-3 months in stainless steel tanks then bottled without fining.
TASTING NOTES: Pale straw colour. A lifted and perfumed Sauvignon Blanc with strong citrus characteristics leading into ripe tropical tones. Complimentary flinty and smoky notes linger in the background providing a complex balance to the primary fruit. The wine is juicy and mouth filling with vibrant ripe fruit. A fresh line of balanced acidity supports the soft, round texture.