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Dog Point Sauvignon Blanc, 2019, Marlborough, New Zealand

Dog Point Sauvignon Blanc, 2019, Marlborough, New Zealand

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Our View:

Everyone loves a New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc - and of course with good reason! This fresh and vibrant 2019 example from Dog Point doesn't disappoint so get yours now!

The Wine:

Dog Point is one of the oldest privately established vineyards in Marlborough with first plantings in the late 1970s. The vineyard is centrally located at the confluence of the smaller brancott and omaka valleys. This location is widely considered to be a very desirable area for grape growing in the southern valleys of Marlborough.

The property is sensitively planted to sauvignon blanc, chardonnay and pinot noir. Older well-established vines are situated on free draining silty clay loams. This is supplemented with more recent plantings on closely planted hillside blocks on soils with a clay loam influence.

Marlborough is blessed with one of the sunniest and driest climates in New Zealand. The significant diurnal temperature range between cool nights and sunny days allows ideal conditions for the long slow ripening of grapes.

Soils are crucial to the character of the wines. Most soils have been laid down within the last 14,000 years carved and eroded by glaciers in the high country and carried down to the coast by melt-water rivers.

A mild spring free of frosts was followed by a cool flowering period in December, which lead to tempered yields for much of the region. This was followed by an extremely dry and warm summer with only 10% of our typical rainfall for the months of January and February. A welcomed burst of rain fell during March, giving vitality to the vines, enabling a healthy and relaxed end to the growing season in early April. One of our earliest harvest completion dates, with all sauvignon being picked by the 4th of April. A very rewarding vintage for Dog Point.

Handpicked fruit is whole bunch pressed and cold settled before fermentation.
A portion of this wine is fermented using indigenous yeasts. The wine is aged for
4 months in stainless steel tanks then bottled without fining.

Tasting Note:

Pale straw in colour, on the nose this is a bright, fresh, citrus driven sauvignon, with elements of honeydew melon, pears and gala apples in the background. A very pure, yet restrained, classic sauvignon expression. On the palate, the citrus core of flavours are juicy and intense. Deliciously refreshing saline acidity and mellow rounded texture on the finish. The wine calls for fresh, simple seafood, but as usual, can be enjoyed on its own. Drinks beautifully now or can comfortably be cellared for five years or more.

The Facts:

Wine

Sauvignon Blanc Wairau Marlborough

Vintage

2019

Style

White Wine

Grape Variety

100% Sauvignon Blanc

Alcohol Content

13.5%

Closure

Screw cap

Bottle Size

750ml

 

What the critics say:

93 Points - James Suckling: 

"Very vivid, fresh passion fruit, lemon, yellow grapefruit and lime here with well cut, flinty elements in play. Some herb and lime-leaf notes too. The palate has fresh, lively and assertively zesty lime and passion fruit flavours with a succulent, fleshy feel and big impact. Drink now". 

92 Points - The Wine Advocate (Joe Czerwinski): 

"Perhaps the most complex regular Savvy I can recall from Dog Point, the 2019 Sauvignon Blanc offers up aromas that range from subtle notions of garden peas to melon, nectarine and pink grapefruit. It's medium-bodied and silky in texture, generous yet crisp, with a focused, slightly chalky and deliciously lingering finish". 

92 Points - Rebecca Gibb: 

"Lovely weight on the midpalate, providing a feeling of sumptuousness. This was whole-bunch pressed and hand-harvested, and a neutral yeast was used (20% wild), which has created an air of restraint. Yes, there are classic passion fruit and gooseberry flavours but the volume is turned down, and a citrus backbone offers a fresh, composed conclusion". 

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