Everyone knows Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc, right? It’s fresh, fruity and usually available for $20 a bottle. It took over Australia is the first decade of this century and is slowly taking over the rest of the world now. And for good reasons: it’s generally easy to drink, affordably priced and of consistent quality, year in, year out. Still, it’s a wine style that many people seem to move on from after a while in search of new, more interesting drops. Today’s wine, the Dog Point Sauvignon Blanc, may just bring them back into the fold.
Dog Point was founded in 2004 by two couples, Ivan and Margaret Sutherland and James and Wendy Healy, and has developed a reputation for producing outstanding wines that go well beyond what most have come to expect from Marlborough. All fruit is from hand-picked, low cropped vines grown and the wines are made to cellar for several years (which is not a common trait for Kiwi Sav Blanc).
The Review: Dog Point Sauvignon Blanc 2017
There’s so much happening on the nose – grapefruit, passionfruit andgooseberry, as well as a little bit of herbaceousness. It’s quite sharp on the nostrils on opening, though not unpleasantly so and that receded once the wine had been given a little air. The palate is dry but very well balanced with the whole run of fruit flavoursmentioned before. It’s driven by an excellent line of acidity and ends with a refreshing lip-smacking finish. It’s bloody marvelous. This is definitely not your standard Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc. In all honesty, this is one of the best white wines you’ll find on a bottleshop shelf.
PS: I should say, my wife absolutely loved this as well. “This is just so lovely” she said. I’ve rarely seen her so excited by a wine.
Check out my other Sauvignon Blanc reviews here.