The New Zealand Cellar sits down with Matthew Sutherland from Dog Point to discuss all things wine in our "Down In The Cellar" series.
Probably my father. He is a pioneer of the industry in Marlborough and is probably the hardest worker I know. He is always the first at work and the last to leave. The integrity of the industry is always at the forefront of his mind. He is not afraid to take risks and push the boundaries. He shares his wine also!
Sauvignon Blanc - we are only scratching the surface. We need to narrow the focus on what we grow and make it all world class. Start talking about our vineyards and sub-regions more and the affect they have on wine style. We have an opportunity to push the boundaries of the Sauvignon variety. We have come a long way in short time, now it is time to raise the bar. Appellation Marlborough Wine is a great start.
I love wine but connecting with people all over the world who share the same values and have amazing history and stories to tell, that is what I love most. I have made some incredible friends through the industry. The 1993 Rousseau Chambertin was pretty good though aye James Healy….
We take a lot of inspiration from the old world, areas like Sancerre and throughout Burgundy but we always look to make regionally distinctive wines.
My colleague Murray Cook and I decided we would save money and hire a canal boat in Paris rather than pay the ridiculous prices for a hotel . It was about 50 degree, the rats were in residence and there was only one double room and then two bunk beds. A friend of ours who was on holiday at the time joined us. He screamed most the night because he ate too much cheese and was having nightmares. We never really got over jet-lag that trip as a result. Sometimes you are better to just pay more and get your own room, ditch the rats and don’t serve cheese!
What are you drinking (from your range)?
2007 Pinot Noir in Magnum
Who are you drinking it with?
My son Harry and daughter Lucy – they love wine
What are you eating?
Sausages and mash potato
And what music is playing?
The Wiggles ……that’s why I need a magnum
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