2013 Dog Point Chardonnay Marlborough
Very pure, almost ethereal Chardonnay with gentle citrus/grapefruit and mineral flavours together with a suggestion of honey and subtle yeast lees and oak influence. Youthful wine that is delicious now but will develop wonderfully with bottle age.
Bright, light golden-hued yellow colour. The nose is elegant and fine, with tightly concentrated stonefruit flavours melded with stylish gunflint and mineral aromatics. This is pure and focussed. On palate very elegant and finely presented. Taut and a little lean from youth, lovely purity and intensity with a balanced amalgam of stonefruits, flint, minerals, the oaking spot-on with suggestions of toast. Lacy acidity for vitality and finesse. An elegant wine with all the potential to develop well. % alc. and RS TBA, 18 months in 15% new French oak.
This distinctive white offers a creamy texture and aromatic profile, with a long, detailed finish. The melon, apple and apricot flavors are ripe and lush, with cedar and spice accents. Apple blossom, lemon verbena and grapefruit zest nuances add punctuation to the juicy finish. Drink now through 2030. (MW)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2013 Chardonnay is a funked-up, full-on sulphide led wine, which is OK because there’s plenty of intense fruit to back-up the winemaking. The nose has a stuck-match and savory / minerally appeal supporting the ripe peach, passion fruit and spiced apple pie scents plus a nutty undercurrent. Medium-bodied, it fills the mouth with creamy, stone fruit and marzipan characters supported by a lively acid line and finishing with great persistence. (91+) (LPB)
This starts off a bit funky, with struck match aromas partially obscuring apple and citrus fruit. Yet it's full and custardy in feel, with hints of fruit showing through and a long, harmonious finish, so there's optimism for its future development. Drink now-2020. (JC)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Bright yellow. Aromas of yellow fruits, mirabelle, menthol and wet stone, plus a funky touch of leesy reduction that reminded me of white Burgundy. Tactile, salty wine with good texture...In a distinctly savory style.