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Dog Point Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2023

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Zesty, smart and refreshing sauvignon which demonstrates the finesse possible in Marlborough. This is full of life and the perfect palate pick-me-up, with notes of lemon and a hint of gooseberry on the nose and a fresh, focused and grippy apple and lemon-laden palate. Never OTT and perfectly balanced.
Price: £19.00 Bottle
Price: £228.00 Case of 12
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Code: NZ14711

Wine characteristics

  • White Wine
  • 2 - Dry
  • Sauvignon Blanc
  • 75cl
  • Now to 2028
  • 13% Alcohol
  • no oak influence
  • Screwcap
  • Organic

Dog Point

Marlborough’s Dog Point is a partnership between viticulturalist Ivan Sutherland and winemaker James Healy, both formerly of Cloudy Bay. After leaving Cloudy Bay the pair began making wine from fruit sourced from Sutherland’s own vineyards in the Wairau Valley. Abundant sunshine, low rainfall and cool autumn nights here make for a long grape growing season, enabling the slow evolution of a rich array of vibrant fruit flavours.

Dog Point produces a small but high-quality portfolio of four incredibly exciting wines. Their sauvignon blanc is beautifully elegant and fine-tasting with a stunning perfume. Section 94 is, unusually for Marlborough, a barrel-fermented sauvignon blanc which undergoes extended lees contact in older barrels. We regard it as New Zealand’s most distinctive sauvignon - the name comes from a specific plot known as section 94 on an early survey map of the area. The impressive chardonnay too sees some oak and is broad-flavoured yet restrained. Pinot noir is highly perfumed and stylish with a silky palate.

Grapes are hand-picked and winemaking is as natural as possible with only indigenous yeasts being used. The intention here is to remain a hands-on, boutique operation making regionally distinctive and vineyard-expressive wines.

Sustainability
Dog Point is New Zealand's largest certified organic vineyard by Biogro NZ. Conversion to organic production began in 2009. Numerous practices they have adopted include mulching runings and winery...

Marlborough’s Dog Point is a partnership between viticulturalist Ivan Sutherland and winemaker James Healy, both formerly of Cloudy Bay. After leaving Cloudy Bay the pair began making wine from fruit sourced from Sutherland’s own vineyards in the Wairau Valley. Abundant sunshine, low rainfall and cool autumn nights here make for a long grape growing season, enabling the slow evolution of a rich array of vibrant fruit flavours.

Dog Point produces a small but high-quality portfolio of four incredibly exciting wines. Their sauvignon blanc is beautifully elegant and fine-tasting with a stunning perfume. Section 94 is, unusually for Marlborough, a barrel-fermented sauvignon blanc which undergoes extended lees contact in older barrels. We regard it as New Zealand’s most distinctive sauvignon - the name comes from a specific plot known as section 94 on an early survey map of the area. The impressive chardonnay too sees some oak and is broad-flavoured yet restrained. Pinot noir is highly perfumed and stylish with a silky palate.

Grapes are hand-picked and winemaking is as natural as possible with only indigenous yeasts being used. The intention here is to remain a hands-on, boutique operation making regionally distinctive and vineyard-expressive wines.

Sustainability
Dog Point is New Zealand's largest certified organic vineyard by Biogro NZ. Conversion to organic production began in 2009. Numerous practices they have adopted include mulching runings and winery waste to create a healthy organic compost for use on plantings throughout the property. In spring, they plant cover crops such as buckwheat and phaecelia between the vines to encourage beneficial insects for biological control of insect pests. Their organic approach also means they do not use fossil fuel-based fertilisers which means that their soils store more carbon.

The estate is a biodiverse environment: as well as vines, trees and pinenut trees dot the landscape and are harvested each year. Over the winter months, 2,500 sheep and 25 steers are brought onto the property to control grass and weed growth and assist in adding organic matter to the soil. There are also some roving chickens, ducks, and a pig. Dog Point believe that the use of natural products throughout production provides a safe and happy work environment for their staff.

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JancisRobinson.com

Intensely aromatic and characteristically smoky, with marked reduction, a style that Dog Point have mastered so brilliantly. That smokiness is notable yet not excessive even if it is highly stylised....
Intensely aromatic and characteristically smoky, with marked reduction, a style that Dog Point have mastered so brilliantly. That smokiness is notable yet not excessive even if it is highly stylised. Behind the struck match is vibrant grapefruit and pear, immense depth and remarkable complexity for a young, unoaked white. Chewy texture and low pH make this a mouth-watering and persistent dry wine that is obviously Sauvignon Blanc but not just Sauvignon Blanc, and with better likely ageing capacity than most NZ SBs. Excellent purity and precision. I find this unspittable and feel sure it will be even better after another year in bottle.
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Julia Harding MW

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