Wines beyond the norm

Dolbel Estate has a predominance of white wines in its portfolio. This is due to the terroir of the site being predominately suited to white wine production. Exceptional Chardonnay,Sauvignon Blanc and Methode Traditionelle have resulted. Red wines are only produced from the lower-vigour areas suited to those varieties.

We don't always follow the fashion of the day. In our winemaking, the potential of the terroir and the wine style preferences are the determining factors. Our aim is to produce single-vineyard wines of unique character - elegant and refined in style, with an intriguing and enjoyable twist.

Winemaker Tony Prichard's philosophy is to focus on texture and palate structure. His preference is for the more French-like and complex styles that offer finesse and elegance, more than just fruit and oak.

"Winemaking is a blend of art and science," he says. "The best winemakers tend to be good wine chemists as well as having a good palate and understanding of wine style. You have to understand what's going on with the wine chemistry in order get the best out of the fruit."

He admits however, that regardless of what any winemaker may say, wine is essentially made in the vineyard. "Without superb fruit, you simply cannot make great wines. The winemaker's role is to direct the fruit towards a particular style, but quality comes from the vineyard."

Dolbel Estate Methode Traditionnelle

Dolbel Estate Methode Traditionnelle 2009

This is Dolbel Estate’s fourth release of its Vintage Methode Traditonnelle. It follows on from the highly successful and acclaimed 2008 vintage. Description In the glass, the wine displays lively and fresh fruit with obvious yeast characters. The palate is both elegant and rich with a persistent bead and long, clean finish.... > full tasting note

Dolbel Estate Merlot Cabernet

Dolbel Estate Merlot Cabernet 2008

Description A rich and vibrant garnet hue reflecting the concentration and intensity of wonderfully grapes.Following the style of our 2007 Merlot/Cabernet there is an unmistakeable “French” element to the structure and texture of the wine but with a definite Hawkes Bay signature to the flavour and aromatics. Rich... > full tasting note

Dolbel Estate Sauvignon  Blanc

Dolbel Estate Sauvignon Blanc 2008

Description Pale straw in colour, this wine is a markedly complex variation from the typical Sauvignon Blancs. Rich and interesting on the nose and palate with complex flavours arising from the fermentation in oak barrels and prolonged contact with yeast leest. The complexity of flavour makes it both powerful and concentrated on the... > full tasting note