A Brace of Doggies

By | 05/03/2017

There is much to like about Dog Point. Self effacing, talented owners making carefully crafted, strongly appealing wines that show true sense of place. Emma and I tasted the 2016 Dog Point Sauvignon Blanc separately, yet were very much in agreement when it came to liking the wine.

2016 Dog Point Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough
Lime, grapefruit pith and gooseberry with a deliciously tangy sort of acidity, it’s a textural and moreish wine. I struggle a bit with the touch of rubbery reduction on the nose (though this is tame by Dog Point standards) but it dissipates fairly quickly and in any event is obscured by the sheer crunchy deliciousness of the palate. The dry, lengthy finish is spot on. A beautifully rendered example of vivid Marlborough fruit reeled back in a clever, ever so slightly feral manner (EJ)
Seems more restrained than previous vintages, teensy touch of reduction/struck match but full of ripe lemon flesh, kaffir lime and maybe a hint of grapefruit. Textural and complete. Excellent length. (JS)

A rootle through the cellar unearthed a bottle of 2011 which I opened for comparison. Reassuring to see the label design remains constant, and not being constantly tweaked and updated.

2011 Dog Point Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough
Maybe a hint of asparagus just starting to creep in but there is so much going on; lots of grapefruit pith, juicy meyer lemon and freshly squeezed lime, all bundled up with some struck match and gun smoke, that this note of development only adds to the complexity. Surely the joy in this wine is its dry, savoury palate, the edge of pithy phenolics making it delightfully tempting and exceedingly drinkable . (JS)

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