2014 Dog Point Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough

SKU #1212698 95 points Bob Campbell

 *Five Stars* Deliciously restrained Sauvignon Blanc with mineral, citrus/pink grapefruit, and nutty lees/brioche characters. It has a great almost ethereal texture and plenty of weight and yet boasts tantalising purity. Very sophisticated Sauvignon Blanc with concentration and power. Tasted in a vertical line-up going back to the first vintage in 2004. This vintage earned top rating with 2013 although the earlier vintage is a an overtly fruitier and more accessible style. 2014 is probably a better food wine.  (11/2014)

93 points Raymond Chan

 Bright, pale straw-yellow colour with slight green hues, pale on rim. The nose is full and voluminous with full, evenly presented aromas of white stonefruits seamlessly melded with flinty lees and reductive complexities. Subtle herb and green stonefruit elements unfold in the glass. Dry to taste and medium-full bodied, tightly bound flavours of white stonefruits, herbs, minerals and flinty lees form a strong core. The flavours open up, softly filling the palate. The mouthfeel is very fine, with a chalky texture and soft acidity, and is thirst-quenchingly dry. This flows smoothly with good drive and energy, carrying through to a long, lingering flinty, lees-influenced finish. This is an elegant but mouthfilling Sauvignon Blanc with complex stonefruit and flinty mineral and lees flavours. Match with herb-marinated seafood, poultry and veal dishes.  (12/2014)

92 points Wine Enthusiast

 *Editor's Choice* Everything you'd ever want in a Sauvignon Blanc is here-and then some. Grassy, herbal, citrusy aromas set the pace, joined by some slightly feral, wooly pungency that adds even greater complexity. On the palate, it's plump and mouthwatering without being excessively tart, and lingers gloriously on the finish. (JC)  (7/2015)

92 points Wine Spectator

 *Smart Buys* A smooth, fleshy mix of honeysuckle, ripe melon, dried mango, peach and nectarine flavors, with a squirt of lemon juice. Succulent and complex, offering a whiff of smoky tea and celery leaf notes on the finish. (MW)

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2014 Sauvignon Blanc opens with an incredible intensity of zingy lemon and gooseberry scents with nuances of flint, baker's yeast and gravel. Medium-bodied with lovely texture, oodles of citrus and stony flavors and a racy acid line, it finishes with fantastic length. (LPB)  (12/2014)

Jancis Robinson

 Fruit from the Southern Valleys. RS 2.9 g/l, TA 6.9 g/l, pH 3.11. Herby, wet-stones nose and just a light note of green pea. Smells creamy too. Sophisticated cross between fruit and mineral and a fine weight in the mouth without heaviness. Deep, creamy and long. 17/20 points (JH)  (4/2015)

K&L Notes

Another great release in Dog Point's long line of iconic Marlborough wines. While Dog Point's Sauvignon Blanc is a benchmark Marlborough Savvy for me, Ivan and James' distinctive approach is certainly more edgy and stylized than your run-of-the-mill commercial wines. They have a signature flinty, herbaceous edge combined with the typical ripe citrus, white florals and some tropical tones you expect from Wairau Sauvignon Blanc. The 2014 is a classic Dog Point release showcasing what has become their much-adored signature style. Dog Point's Estate vineyards are certified BioGro organic. (Ryan Woodhouse, K&L NZ Wine Buyer)

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By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/15/2015 | Send Email
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A crazy good new release from Dog Point. This wine now has a seriously loyal following and I can see why. It's one of the most intense and distinctive Marlborough Sauvignon Blancs I know. Building on their experience and expertise from Cloudy Bay days Ivan and James have continued to take NZ savvy to the next level. This fruit is sourced from their BioGro Organic estate vineyards in the Wairau Valley. It shows quintessential flavors of gooseberry, yellow tree fruit, ripe citrus, crushed herbs and stony minerals. The acidity bursts across the palate with dynamic energy and freshness. That classic Dog Point "flintiness" is still present but dialed back a little from previous vintages, probably to the wines benefit, especially for the masses. I love how this wine is totally recognizable as a classic rendition of Marlborough Sauv Blanc and yet retains it's own distinctive telltale qualities that are undeniable. A classic not to be missed, especially at this price!
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By: Jim Chanteloup | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/9/2015 | Send Email
Viticulturist Ivan Sutherland and Oenologist James Healy met during their 18 and 12 year stint respectively at Cloudy Bay, when that wine helped to put New Zealand's Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc on the map. With the 2014 vintage, they celebrate their 10th vintage, and this wine shows that exuberance. I have found that often the wine needs a little time to come together, but the '14 is the most integrated and youthfully complex I've had. The nose explodes with gooseberry, passion fruit, pink grapefruit, fresh cut red bell pepper and a flinty mineral note. On the palate, there a fleshy rich texture with zesty citric acidity leading to a long finish.

By: David Driscoll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/8/2015 | Send Email
This is made by the guy who founded Cloudy Bay. It's basically a better version of Cloudy Bay for $10 less a bottle. Nuff said, right? Super crisp, lots of citrus, and all bio-organically farmed.

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Sauvignon Blanc

- One of the best known "international" varieties originally cultivated in France and considered the parent of, with Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon. Sauvignon's wonderfully distinctive aromatics generate some of wine's most colorful descriptors, among them "cat pee," herbaceous, grassy, citrusy the world over. In France, the apex of Sauvignon Blanc production is the Loire Valley, in the appellations of Sancerre and Pouilly-Fumé, where the terroir expresses itself most beautifully through the grape. Sauvignon Blanc is also the leading white grape varietal in Bordeaux, where it is paired with the fatter, richer Sémillon to varying degrees. Relatively easy to cultivate, though more suited to cool climates, Sauvignon Blanc has made inroads in Europe outside of France, especially in Northeastern Italy's Friuli and Alto Adige, but also on the Slovenian border. These lovely wines are often overshadowed by Sauvignon Blanc's achievements in the New World, namely New Zealand, South Africa and California. New Zealand's Sauvignon Blancs, more conspicuously fruity than most French examples, landed the small island nation on the world wine map in the late-1980s and 1990s. South African Sauvignons are one of the most successful international varieties produced in that country and are often quite elegant and affordable. In California, Robert Mondavi managed to, almost single-handedly, created a market for Sauvignon Blanc by renaming his oak-fermented version Fumé Blanc. While some wineries still use the name, California Sauvignon Blanc has secured its place in the California wine pantheon, particularly those from the Napa Valley. Washington State, Chile and Argentina also have considerable plantings of the grape.

New Zealand

- New Zealand is an extremely diverse wine-growing nation. The long history of producing wine started in the 1830s with wineries such as Mission Estate (1850) and Te Mata Estate (1896) still producing wine today. The two islands hold a multitude of different growing climates ranging from warmer areas such as Hawke’s Bay to very cool regions such as Waitaki, and Awatere. Most regions are defined as Maritime with the exception being Central Otago that has a moderate Continental climate with the high elevation creating dramatic diurnal swings in temperature. The plethora of grapes grown in New Zealand reflects this diverse microclimate make up. Everything has a place here, Bordeaux varietals and Syrah in Hawke’s Bay, Chardonnay and Pinot in Nelson, Pinot Noir and Riesling in Central Otago , aromatic whites in Waipara and pretty much everything you can imagine in Marlborough. New Zealand is also one of the “greenest” wine producing nations on earth (94% of wine certified sustainable in 2013) with a strong focus on organic and Biodynamic farming.
Alcohol Content (%): 13.5