Ageworthy wines near peak drinkability

Marlborough’s Dog Point Vineyard. PHOTO: SUPPLIED
Marlborough’s Dog Point Vineyard. PHOTO: SUPPLIED
I recently caught up with the M&Ms (Murray and Matt) of Marlborough’s Dog Point Vineyard as they traversed the South Island in a rental camper van, doing their version of the 2020 Kiwi road trip.

They poured me the gorgeously textural and intensely flavoured 2019 sauvignon blanc, the racy, refined 2019 chardonnay and the fragrant, elegant 2017 pinot noir.


Their big news was that since the 2013 vintage they have been building stocks of their Section 94 sauvignon blanc, which they have re-released - initially in the New Zealand and Australian markets.

The plan is to roll this out across their world markets over the next couple of years, so that this wine will always have seven years’ age.

It’s an astute move, this wine being tremendously ageworthy, so now we get to buy it as it approaches peak drinkability.

Corteva Young Viticulturist competition

The Central Otago leg of the Corteva Young Viticulturist Competition was held in July with eight young viticulturists battling it out in chilly conditions at the Otago Polytechnic campus in Bannockburn.

Congratulations to Annabel Angland, of Peregrine Wines, who becomes the Corteva Central Otago Young Viticulturist for 2020, going on to represent Otago in the national finals in Martinborough in October.

Congratulations also to Liam Burgess, of Viticultura, who was second, and Jordan Moores, of Felton Road Wines, who was third.

New Central Otago cellar doors for 2020

This is somewhat old news given the impacts of Covid-19, but two new cellar doors opened earlier in the year.

Te Kano Estate opened its new facility in Bannockburn earlier this year and has just taken top honours in the Southern Architecture Awards, sharing the hospitality prize with Arrowtown restaurant Aosta.

Domaine Thomson in Lowburn also opened its new facility.

Further good reasons to explore Central Otago.

2019 Akitu
Central Otago
Pinot Noir Blanc
Price: $45
Rating: Excellent
A white, made from pinot noir. Bright, 
powerful and spicy nose, peach, white 
flowers, gum. Creamy and rich entry adding 
notes of blood orange and red apple. Lovely 
weight and depth, the racy acidity even 
more of a foil with aeration. A very 
interesting expression, taking pinot noir 
in a new direction. Nicely done.
2019 Te Kano
Central Otago
Blanc de Noir 
Price: $27
Rating: Excellent to outstanding
Fresh, very attractive nose with apple, peach 
fruit jube, stony notes and perfume. Racy and 
fresh palate adding a little chalkiness to the 
texture along with nectarine, ripe grapefruit, 
and a savoury, bittersweet note on the long, 
dry close. Lovely balance and integration, 
lots of flavour and deliciously refreshing. 
Very moreish. 
2017 Pegasus Bay
Pinot Noir 
Price: $52
Rating: Excellent to outstanding
Immediately floral with lavender-like notes, 
hints of spiced fruits and wet stones. Bold in 
the mouth, darker fruits, earthy notes, fine-
grained tannins flowing to fragrance on the 
close that hangs in the mouth. A slow 
burner this, swelling on the nose and 
palate, gathering complexity, depth and 
real allure. The lip-smacking close 
demands another glass.

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