Dog Point Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc 2008

Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand

Item No. 98959
  • white wine
  • screw cap wine
  • WS89
  • RP89
  • ST89
Style: Light & Crisp

Wine Style Guide

Light & Crisp

Light to medium bodied wines that are high in acid and light to medium fruit. Typically no oak.

Fruity & Smooth

Light to medium bodied wines with lots of juicy fruit, typically medium acid and medium oak.

Rich & Creamy

Full bodied wines that have typically undergone malo-lactic fermentation and/or spent time in oak.

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Winemaker's Notes

Dog Point is a collaboration between viticulturalist Ivan Sutherland and enologist James Healy, both long-term veterans of Cloudy Bay. Ivan purchased and began to plant this pristine Marlborough, NZ property in 1979, from which he and James now produce small quantities of hand-crafted wines from estate fruit grown on some of the oldest vines and best sites in Marlborough. Yields are low, the grapes are manually harvested, and wild yeasts are used to bottle unfined and unfiltered wines. Their debut vintage was 2002. Indeed, these vines provided the core of the original Cloudy Bay wines in the late 1980s.

Critical Acclaim

"Light and tart, with pear and lime flavors to light up the flavor profile as the finish lingers nicely."
89 Points

"The 2008 Sauvignon Blanc has a vivacious, grassy nose, clean and crisp with zesty green lemon. The palate is medium-bodied, very well balanced with light apple and gooseberry flavors coming through. Again, just that hint of green lemon with nice poise on the natural finish. Very well crafted and should drink well over 2-3 years."
89 Points

"Pale, bright yellow. Tangerine and spice aromas lifted by a floral suggestion of honeysuckle. Supple, round and sweet, with rich, generous soft citrus flavors offering juicy appeal. Doesn't have quite the penetration or grip for an even higher rating, but this full-flavored sauvignon makes for a very satisfying drink."
89 Points

Learn About Dog Point Vineyard Map ItMap It

The name Dog Point dates from the earliest European settlement of Marlborough and the introduction of sheep to the district. These were days of few fences, of boundary riders and boundary keeping dogs. Shepherds' dogs sometimes became lost or wandered off and eventually bred into a marauding pack which attacked local flocks. Their home was a tussock and scrub covered hill,...

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Learn About Other New Zealand

A few other New Zealand areas include the region of Auckland, high up on the North Island, Nelson, sitting to the west of Marlborough, and Canterbury, just under Waipara on the South Island. Most wines in New Zealand will come from a designated area and say so on the label. Notable Facts Auckland was one of the first wine growing regions of the country, but now produces...

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Learn About Sauvignon Blanc

Sauvignon Blanc (so-veen-YAWN blahnk) One of the most distinctive grapes, Sauvignon Blanc is a highly aromatic variety that does well in both the old and new world. From the Loire Valley of France to Marlborough in New Zealand, Sauvignon Blanc has found many regions that bring out its unique and delicious flavors. Notable Facts Sauvignon Blanc's home...

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