2017 Dog Point Sauvignon Blanc

Year: 2017
Appellation: Marlborough
Country: New Zealand
Wine Spectator: 92
Wine Advocate: 90
James Suckling: 93
White Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 12.5%
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"An aromatic version, with intriguing beeswax, honeysuckle, lanolin and marmalade notes that give way to a smooth, lush core of apricot and lime zest flavors. Mouthwateringly smooth and juicy, showing appealing complexity. Drink now. 16,000 cases imported.–MW " (WS)

"The 2017 Sauvignon Blanc shows hints of green on the nose but sits more firmly in the fig and stone fruit camp. It's medium-bodied, with a white grapefruit element that extends from start to finish, providing a backbone for the riper notes. Clean and refreshing, it should be consumed over the next year or two.

After more than ten vintages under their own label, it almost seems silly to mention that owners Ivan Sutherland and James Healy worked together at Cloudy Bay, but that's where their journey started, as viticulturist and winemaker, respectively. Sourcing fruit from the Sutherland family's expansive vineyard holdings along the southern edge of the Wairau Valley, the two continue to turn out exemplary Marlborough wines. Healy decided against chaptalizing the 2017 Sauvignon Blanc, but when looking at the wine recently, he confided that he wished he had. It was picked before the first rains battered Marlborough the 12th-13th of April, so it's concentrated, but it lacks some of the generosity of previous vintages. The high-quality barrel-fermented wines from 2015 reflect that vintage's low yields and dry, sunny weather." (WA)

"Pungent passion fruit and fragrant melon, Tahitian lime citrus, this really takes sauvignon to another place for Marlborough, exposing the edgy, exciting and minerally possibilities whilst embracing the rampant intensity of fruit. Great acid, mouth-watering from front to back. Drink now. " (JS)

Winery Notes:
Aromas of ripe tropical fruits, ripe citrus, melon, tangerine.

Textural, juicy acidity, minerality, refreshing lemon/lime infused finish.

Food match:
White meats, pale cheeses, seafood especially scallops and oysters.

Ideally enjoyed as a young wine, may be cellared for 2+ years.