Extremely low rainfall during the early summer put pressure on water supplies, but rainfall in January broke the drought and the vines flourished as temperatures climbed above average in the New Year. Considerable thinning was carried out to ensure optimum ripeness and concentration.
Harvest started on the 14th March with pinot noir, achieving perfect ripeness at slightly lower sugars than previous years. In late March northerly airstreams brought a couple of minor rain events which necessitated additional canopy and crop management in some vineyards. As April progressed Marlborough’s classic Indian summer made a welcome appearance allowing all vineyards to achieve full ripeness and the last sauvignon blanc block was picked on April 17th under sunny skies.
Dog Point Chardonnay 2016
A citrus driven chardonnay with complex flinty, toasty and biscuit notes derived from extended barrel aging on full solids. Palate Vibrant, lively acidity delivers a focussed palate which unfurls and exposes intense citrus flavours with an underlying brioche and hazelnut influence.