Dog Point Sauvignon Blanc

Dog Point Sauvignon Blanc 2018

Marlborough, New Zealand   |    750ml   |    13.5%
Over the past decade Dog Point Wines has established itself as one of New Zealand's leading wineries, with their Sauvignon Blanc consistently rated among the nation's finest. The 2018 Dog Point Sauvignon Blanc is another brilliant examples, which combines the vibrancy, balance and underlying complexity that have made previous vintage so popular.

"Our version of the classic aromatic Marlborough style of Sauvignon Blanc. Grapes are hand-picked from eight of our own vineyards within the Wairau Valley. Cropped at an average of 7.5 tonnes/hectare (50hl/ha). 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. Bottled without fining." - Dog Point Wines.

"Very racy, alluring, complex nose with some reductive struck-match character. Rather splits the difference between Marlborough and Sancerre. Creamy undertow with exciting top notes. Extraordinary tension on the palate. Dry but not drying finish. Long. Very accomplished and intense. 17/20" - Jancis Robinson, www.jancisrobinson.com.

Availability: In stock

$24.90
Only available for purchase in 6 bottle increments.
The name Dog Point dates from the earliest European settlement of Marlborough and the introduction of sheep to the district. "These were days of few fences, of boundary riders and boundary keeping dogs".

Shepherds' dogs sometimes became lost or wandered off and eventually bred into a marauding pack which attacked local flocks. Their home was a tussock and scrub covered hill, overlooking the Wairau Plains, designated by the early settlers as Dog Point.

Dog Point Vineyard is situated at the confluence of the Brancott and Omaka Valleys and is one of the oldest privately established vineyards in Marlborough. The property owned by Ivan and Margaret Sutherland with its undulating terrain, clay loam soils and desirable northerly aspect is sensitively planted to Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir and farmed using sustainable viticultural practices.

James and Wendy Healy join with the Sutherlands to form the winemaking partnership with the objective of creating regionally distinctive wines with a point of difference. All fruit is sourced from Dog Point with a major emphasis being total involvement together by Ivan and James in the production process from vine to bottle and with significant industry experience they make a formidable team. Utilising New World technology together with Old World philosophy and practices their intention is to produce wines of a style they would like to drink themselves.
6
New Zealand
Marlborough
750
13.5
WINEMAKER'S NOTES: A mild spring free of frost alerts, resulted in an extremely good budburst with nice even growth across all varieties. Above average early/mid-summer temperatures with generally settled weather ensured an excellent flowering and fruit set, with January the warmest in over 60 years of statistical records. This led to one of our earliest harvests, however the month also produced another climatic record with by far the highest rainfall recorded for February, necessitating additional canopy management, under vine weeding and inter row mowing. Low cropping with good open canopies allowing sunlight and wind penetration to do their job certainly won the day in a testing but rewarding vintage.

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 2-3 months in stainless steel tanks then bottled without fining.

TASTING NOTES: Pale straw colour. A lifted and perfumed Sauvignon Blanc with strong citrus characteristics leading into ripe tropical tones. Complimentary flinty and smoky notes linger in the background providing a complex balance to the primary fruit. The wine is juicy and mouth filling with vibrant ripe fruit. A fresh line of balanced acidity supports the soft, round texture.

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