Dog Point Sauvignon Blanc (Organic) ~ Marlborough, New Zealand

Dog Point Sauvignon Blanc (Organic) 2019 ~ Marlborough, New Zealand

$36   $51




This is great……and here’s why!

95/100 - Bob Campbell
94/100 - The Wine Front
93/100 - Decanter
93/100 - James Suckling
92/100 - Wine Spectator
92/100 - Robert Parker
90/100 - Tom Cannavan
17/20 - Jancis Robinson
95/100 - Bob Campbell (2018 Vintage)
92/100 - James Suckling
92/100 - James Suckling (2018 Vintage)
91/100 - Robert Parker (2018 Vintage)
91/100 - Decanter (2018 Vintage)
91/100 - Wilfred Wong (wine.com) (2018 Vintage)
95/100 - Bob Campbell (2016 Vintage)
94/100 - The Wine Front (2016 Vintage)
92/100 - Jamie Goode (2016 Vintage)
90/100 Wine Spectator (2016 Vintage)

Organic

Bob Campbell "Intense, precise sauvignon blanc with grapefruit, citrus, subtle passionfruit and a suggestion of struck flint character. A powerful wine that's long and linear, with strong varietal definition that's made more interesting with a hint of reductive character."

Decanter "Herbaceous on the nose with bell pepper and pea shoots along with lime, guava and passion fruit. Some spice and exotic fruits on the palate and a smokey character that adds roundness. Elegant and balanced with a long finish."

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 flavors with a succulent, fleshy feel and big impact. Drink now. Screw cap."

Robert Parker "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."

Tom Cannavan "Hand-picked from its own vineyards in Marlborough, Dog Point's Sauvignon is bright, crisp and super-fresh, more typical in Marlborough style than the barrel-fermented 'Section 94' cuvée, with huge punch and verve. Passion fruit is there, with tropical notes suggesting lychee and guava, a touch of capsicum, but really all about the fruit. In the mouth the texture has some richness and mealiness to it, the citrus blast of the acidity balanced perfectly against that more unctuous, tropical fruit into a dry and beautfully balanced finish. Typical and yet not, this is a fine example of Marlborough's unique Sauvignon style."

Robert Parker "...It's medium-bodied and silky in texture, with a long, flavorful finish....on the tropical end of the spectrum, with hints of guava, pineapple and nectarine—a real fruit bowl." (2018 Vintage)

James Suckling “This offers a complex take on fruit-driven sauvignon style with fresh limes and lemons, as well as peaches on offer and there’s a succulent wrap of smooth-textured fruit to close.” (2018 Vintage)

Wildfred Wong "made for those who love this grape variety. This wine is fragrant and pungent. It's aromas of ripe citrus, dried herbs, and mineral invite a pairing with longneck clam sashimi." (2018 Vintage)

Bob Campbell "Intense, precise sauvignon blanc with grapefruit, citrus, subtle passionfruit and a suggestion of struck flint character. A powerful wine that’s long and linear, with strong varietal definition that’s made more interesting with a hint of reductive character." (2018 Vintage)

The Real Review "Dog Point Vineyard; one of Marlborough’s brightest stars." (2018 Vintage)

Bob Campbell "A small family owned, boutique winery located in Marlborough, New Zealand – New Zealand’s premium wine growing region. Dog Point Vineyards produce wines that respect the natural integrity of the land from which they are made and, reflect the experience and passion of the people that make them." (2018 Vintage)

Dog Point is a prestigious wine producer based in Marlborough, in New Zealand's South Island. As with most producers from the region, Dog Point's most notable wines are produced from Sauvignon Blanc.

The winery was established in the early 2000s by Ivan Sutherland and James Healy who had previously worked together at Cloudy Bay as viticulturalist and oenologist respectively. The vineyards were some of the earliest to be planted in Marlborough and thus have some of the oldest vines in the region. Dog Point is named for the sheep-herding history of the area.

Organic philosophies drive Dog Point's approach to wine growing and in March 2012, 150 hectares of Vineyards were certified organic by BioGro New Zealand, with another 60 hectares certified as C1 (2 years in conversion).

A flock of around 2,000 sheep including Romney, Perendale Cross and Merino Wiltshire Cross are grazed in the winter to keep the grass low and fertilise as they go.

After pruning; all the prunings, any grass or cover crops are mulched and added to the compost heap. This is spread under the vines to help conserve moisture and improve soil structure. A mob of 25 steers are also grazed on the property.

Marlborough is New Zealand's most important wine region by far. Situated at the northeastern tip of the South Island, this dry, sunny region is home to over 500 growers and produces around three-quarters of all New Zealand wine.

The Sauvignon Blanc taste is one of the most identifiable in the world of white wines for a few reasons. First, it always has crisp, high acidity. Second, it has a chemical compound called pyrazine which gives grassy, herbal or bell pepper flavors. When grown in cooler climates or picked early, the herbaceous green character is most prominent. In warmer climates or allowed to hang longer on the vine, the pyrazine character diminishes in favor of riper fruit flavors ranging from grapefruit, to passion fruit and guava.

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