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2009 Dog Point Vineyard Section 94 Sauvignon Blanc
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- Cellar Drink Now - 2 years (2011-2013)
- ABV 13.5%
- Closure: Cork
Over the last few years, a sameness has emerged in the Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc segment - caricatures of those early bottlings that we came to love. So what's happened? The commoditization of Australian Chardonnay and its subsequent demise should lend a clue from recent history. As with the ‘Chardy’ gold rush, New Zealand's enthusiasm with Sauvignon Blanc saw the area under vine explode and the size of the cuvees grow to extraordinary proportions which became viticulturaly difficult to manage. As one example, Oyster Bay’s annual production of Sauvignon Blanc has been estimated at 5.5 million litres! The resulting wines are uninspiring, tropical acid bombs that, in the words of food blogger Ed Charles, "...may well be grown in Marlborough but really reflect the terroir of stainless steel." Dog Point is one producer who represents a welcome return to precision and the search for complexity.
This Sauvignon Blanc has been matured for 18 months in older French oak barrels and displays a bright pale straw colour with very slight greenish tinge around the edges and watery hue. The nose is very pronounced with lifted aromas of herbaceous gooseberry, citrus and spice with a pencil shavings overlay. The palate delivers excellent flavour intensity with herbaceous grassy characters followed by some gooseberry and citrus with a distinct cedary pencil shavings like overlay. Excellent mouthfeel. Clean crisp dry finish with long aftertaste of herbaceous gooseberry, unripe passionfruit, citrus and pencil shavings.
Drink over the next 2 years (2011-2013)