2018 Dog Point Sauvignon Blanc

Year: 2018
Appellation: Marlborough
Country: New Zealand
Wine Advocate: 91
James Suckling: 92
White Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 13.0%
Price :
$15.95
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"The 2018 Sauvignon Blanc is on the tropical end of the spectrum, with hints of guava, pineapple and nectarine-a real fruit bowl. It's medium-bodied and silky in texture, with a long, flavorful finish.

This partnership between the Sutherland and Healy families shows no sign of growing old or complacent, except perhaps the graying and thinning hair around the table. The wines are as good as ever—maybe even better, as the vines settle into their productive middle years. Still, Ivan Sutherland said, "The last two [vintages] have been challenging." It's worth noting, however, that because of the lower yields they carry, they were able to pick largely before the rains. In 2018, said Sutherland, "The little botrytis that was there, we dropped out because we hand pick." As a final aside, I should point out that the wines age magnificently, as evidenced by the 2006 Section 94 reviewed this issue. We also tasted the 2011 Chardonnay and 2012 Pinot Noir, which were also in fine condition. As they were very close to where previous reviews put them, I haven't re-reviewed them." (WA)

"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. Drink now. Screw cap." (JS)

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

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

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

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