Off to New Zealand on Wednesday, so in preparation I thought it would be good to drink some Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc. 2016 was a good vintage in the region, with both quality and quantity, and the Sauvignons I’ve tasted so far from this harvest have been very correct and delicious, with ripe, appealing flavours and more of an emphasis on fruit aromatics than greenness. Dog Point is one of my favourites, and this 2016 is singing. It’s a little riper and fuller than in some years, but it has a lovely nervousness and delicacy, too.
Dog Point Sauvignon Blanc 2016 Marlborough, New Zealand
Intense aromatics here with floral, passionfruit notes hemmed in with smoky, matchstick, mineral characters. This is good reduction in action, and it frames the fresh, direct citrus, grapefruit and passionfruit characters on the palate really well. Nice acidity and focus, with a long, bright finish. A lovely wine with more than a hint of seriousness about it. 92/100
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