Pinot Gris, Awatere River Wine Company
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Grape VarietySauvignon Blanc
StyleAromatic & Zesty
The name Dog Point dates from the earliest European settlement of Marlborough and the introduction of sheep to the district. Dog Point Vineyard combines the considerable wine-growing experience of Ivan and Margaret Sutherland and James and Wendy Healy. The philosophy is total involvement from them from the vineyard through to the winemaking process to marketing distinctive and vineyard expressive wines. Marlborough's Wairau Valley is the major grape growing region of New Zealand, a confined geographical area at the northern tip of the South Island. Abundant sunshine, low rainfall and cool autumn nights characterise the long growing season, enabling the slow evolution of a rich array of vibrant fruit flavours. Fruit for the wines is sourced from selected vineyard plantings dating bakc to the late 1970's. These older well-established vines situation on free draining silty clay loams are supplemented with fruit from closely planted hillside vines with a clay loam influence. Section 94 is made from Sauvignon Blanc grown in a specific area of the vineyard. It is matured for 18 months in older French oak barrels. It gives aromas of intense yellow fruits and aromatic nuances of white flowers are integrated with a degree of minerality against a background of less complexity. A unique full bodied Sauvignon with considerable depth and complexity on the palate comprising of intense citurs and mineral flavours complemented by a chalky textural lees influence resulting in a wine with concentration, focused structure and individuality. Perfect with fish, poulty and vegetable dishes and especially aromatic with cheese.