Dog Point's version of the classic aromatic Marlborough style of Sauvignon Blanc. Grapes are hand-picked from eight of their own vineyards within the Wairau Valley. Cropped at an average of 7.5 tonnes/hectare (50hl/ha). The fruit is whole bunch pressed, cold settled before fermentation and 2-3 months aging in stainless steel tanks. A portion of this wine is fermented using indigenous yeast. Bottled without fining.
Grapes are hand-picked from eight of our own vineyards within the Wairau Valley. Cropped at an average of 7.5 tonnes/hectare (50hl/ha). The fruit is whole bunch pressed, cold settled before fermentation and 2-3 months aging in stainless steel tanks. A portion of this wine is fermented using indigenous yeast. Bottled without fining.
A lifted and perfumed Sauvignon Blanc with strong citrus characteristics leading into ripe tropical tones. Complimentary flinty and smoky notes linger in the background providing a complex balance to the primary fruit. The wine is juicy and mouth filling with vibrant ripe fruit. A fresh line of balanced acidity supports the soft, round texture.
The name Dog Point dates back to the earliest European settlement of Marlborough and the introduction of sheep to the district. These were the days where, due to a lack of fences, boundary riders used boundary keeping dogs to protect the local flocks of sheep. The winery is a partnership between Ivan and Margaret Sutherland and James and Wendy Healey. Fruit for their wines is sourced from selected vineyard plantings dating back to the early 1980s. These older well-established vines situated on free draining silty clay loams are supplemented with fruit from closely planted hillside vines on soils with a clay loam influence. The vines enjoy consistent sunshine, low rainfall and cool nights that enables enormous flavour progression. In every bottle of Dog Point Vineyard Wine is impeccable attention to detail and a thoughtful hands on approach. This focus is expertly partnered with a low interventionist ethos. Fruit is hand-picked from low cropped, estate grown vines, then hand crafted with great care to produce fine wines that are accessible and enjoyable with cellaring potential. The winemaking team consists of Murray Cook and Matthew Sutherland under the guidance of James and Ivan. The Dog Point range include the varieties that thrive in the region, Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir as well as Chardonnay.
BOB CAMPBELL MW
Intense, ripe sauvignon blanc with tree fruit, nectarine, red capsicum and guava flavours. A rich, gently tangy and deliciously accessible wine that stood out from the crowd in a tasting of 2018 wines.
RALPH KYTE-POWELL - THE AGE
More complex sauvignon blanc. The nose has smoky hints, whispers of sulphide, and limey fruit. The palate is structured yet richly flavoured with lovely balance, ahead of a tight, lingering finish. Drink over three years.
JAMES HALLIDAY - HALLIDAY'S WINE COMPANION
A relatively new name on the Marlborough scene, but don't let that fool you - Dog Point's owners have years of experience in the region (with Cloudy Bay) and this label is much sought after. A refined and elegant Marlborough sauvignon, beautifully textured and with smooth tropical and cream layers. Drink by 2023.
JOE CZERWINSKI - WINE ADVOCATE
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.
HUON HOOKE - THE REAL REVIEW
Very light straw-yellow colour, with a reductive nose, smoky sulfides and struck-flint nuances dominating the fruit. The wine is light and lean and has a touch of sweetness, while the palate is firm and gently grippy, with some crisp raciness at the end. I like this crisp, struck-flinty, racy style.
MICHAEL COOPER - LISTENER
Hand-harvested at several sites in the Wairau Valley, this wine is lees-aged in tanks and handled without oak. Tightly structured, it is mouthfilling (13% alc/vol), sweet-fruited and very youthful, with strong, vibrant, ripely herbaceous flavours, showing a distinct touch of complexity that builds to a long, dry finish. Certified organic.
JANCIS ROBINSON MW
Very racy, alluring, complex nose with some reductive struck-match character. Rather splits the difference between Marlborough and Sancerre. Creamy undertow with exciting top notes. Extraordinary tension on the palate. Dry but not drying finish. Long. Very accomplished and intense. 17/20.