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The name of the winery dates back to the earliest days of European settlement in this part of New Zealand. Raising sheep was very important and shepherds’ dogs sometimes became lost or wandered off, eventually breeding to form a marauding pack that attacked the same flocks they were meant to be protecting.
These dogs lived on the tussock and scrub covered southern hills that became known as Dog Point. This landscape was, and still is, characterised by the iconic New Zealand native plant the Ti Kouka or “cabbage” tree which is also an established feature of the Dog Point property and appears on the wine label.
Dog Point Vineyard combines the considerable wine-growing experience of Ivan Sutherland and James Healy who set up Dog Point in the early 2000’s.
Ivan and James met while working at Cloudy Bay Vineyards and quickly established an enduring friendship along with an appreciation of good wine. Ivan was Cloudy Bay’s viticulturist for 18 years and in the latter years a Director while James was the Company’s Oenologist for 12 years. Together they ran the vintages for a number of years and played an integral part in the evolution of the Cloudy Bay brand.
The Dog Point Pinot Noir exhibits aromas of vibrant ripe red fruit, hints of violets together with subtle nuances supplemented by spicy oak savouriness. The palate is deliciously flavoured with intense red fruits, subtle sweetness.