I once described this wine as life changing. It is a Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc that you would buy with your own money, enjoy and buy again. Fresh, intensely concentrated aromas of tropical fruits infused with ripe citrus notes, complemented by lifted hints of lemongrass and passion fruit. The palate has the DP hallmark fine texture and acidity, a degree of minerality and a lasting, refreshingly crisp finish.
The Dog Point Marlborough vineyard is one of the greatest vineyards I have ever visited. And Dog Point is one of my favourite producers. They make Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir and all of their wines have complexity, texture and vibrancy.
James Healy and Ivan Sutherland worked together at Cloudy Bay and discovered they shared the same aspirations. That was to be more hands-on and make distinctive wines from Marlborough. Using low cropped, hand-picked, organic grapes sourced from Ivan’s 80 hectare vineyard they launched the Dog Point label. The first release was in 2004 with wines from the 2002 vintage.
Drink over the next 24 months. Serve it cold.
The aromatic, tangy nature of this wine would see it pair with aromatic Asian and Indian dishes. And seafood of course.
The New Zealand region that took over the wine world. Defining the way modern Sauvignon Blanc looked and allowing countless consumers to go anywhere and know they can rely on a glass of Marlborough Sauv Blanc. If you scratch the surface you’ll find a lot of really interesting people and wines.
Hero to many, weed to many more. Sauvignon Blanc sure does divide people. The pure expression of Sauvignon fruit is a stunning and exuberant array of tropical fruits with ripe herbs and plant material. It excels in the chalk, clay and sand of the Loire as well as the wonderful vineyards in Bordeaux for dry white and Sauternes production where Semillon curbs its outgoing nature.