Dog Point Sauvignon Blanc 2017

Marlborough
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£15.25 per bottle
134 in stock

95 Points - Stuart McCloskey

Hand-picked grapes from eight of Dog Point own vineyards within the Wairau Valley. The fruit is whole bunch pressed, cold settled before fermentation and 2-3 months aging in stainless steel tanks. A portion of this wine is fermented using indigenous yeast and bottled without fining. A wonderfully deep and mineral nose with white and yellow stone fruits with a tinge of herbs. The palate is positively electric with stone fruits and minerals. Extremely pure, shows finesse and elegance as well as a touch of sweetness, but the overall balance is perfect. A wine which straddles New Zealand and the Loire, which is most pleasing as many Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc are too overtly pungent and unappealing. An exceptional Sauvignon Blanc for the price and an utter joy when the sun shines…  

94 Points – Bob Campbell

Bright, fresh and reasonably concentrated sauvignon blanc with capsicum, lemongrass, gooseberry, wet stone, mineral and subtle tropical fruit flavours. Impressive purity and length, this high energy wine could develop well in bottle.

17 Points - Julia Harding MW 

Complete contrast to the Astrolabe Province Sauvignon Blanc 2016 in this reductive style but not obscuring some of that Sauvignon Blanc fruit – green and lively. Smoky citrus on the palate, creamy texture and fullness in the mouth, even with the very crisp acidity. Lovely balance and a classic in this style. Doesn’t have the mid-palate intensity of the Section 94 but it’s an easier entry to this style. You could enjoy it now but no rush.

Taste & Aroma

Score:94

Bright, fresh and reasonably concentrated sauvignon blanc with capsicum, lemongrass, gooseberry, wet stone, mineral and subtle tropical fruit flavours. Impressive purity and length, this high energy wine could develop well in bottle.

Bob Campbell

Producer

Dog Point wines originate from the experienced and stellar hands of ex-Cloudy Bay magicians Ivan Sutherland and James Healy. A boutique operation which sees Sutherland focusing on care in the vineyard and Healy as winemaker means that in the eyes of many, they are the now the main class act for Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc. In addition to Sauvignon Blanc the pair also produces idiosyncratic Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from the Wairau Valley’s unique climatic conditions of generous sunshine, extraordinary diurnal range in temperatures and low rainfall conditions. With all of the grapes coming from Sutherland’s own vineyards, quality control is at its most meticulous with hand harvesting employed over the more widely adopted machine assisted approach taken elsewhere. Fermentation with indigenous yeasts brings an exuberant and crystalline fruit purity hailed by all who taste them. Never dull, always impressive, Dog Point’s wines personify a real benchmark in outstanding winemaking in Marlborough, New Zealand.

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Region

New Zealand is split between the North Island and South Island and the Marlborough region is situated in the North of the South Island. The climate here is the hottest in the country meaning that this wine producing region is expanding quickly. Of course, Sauvignon Blanc does well here and is increasingly becoming more and more popular due to its naturally herbaceous character and lean and refreshing style much loved by Western wine drinkers. Wineries Greywacke and Dog Point both have delicious Sauvignon Blanc wines with typical Marlborough characteristics. Red wines, mainly Pinot Noir also grow well in this region and an excellent example of a Pinot Noir from this area is the Akitu Pinot Noir which comes highly recommended from Vinorium staff!

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