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Goldwater Dog Point Sauvignon Blanc 2002

Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand
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Winemaker Notes

The wine has excellent varietal bouquet with passionfruit, melon, peach and spice notes. The palate has power and weight, silken texture, richness and balance with great length and splendid natural acidity. The wine is best enjoyed while still young and exuberant. Food Suggestions: Oysters, seafood and white meats and as an aperitif with canapes.

2002 was an exceptional year in Marlborough. Ideal spring weather was followed by a warm and extremely dry summer which produced probably the best vintage yet seen in Marlborough. This great weather allowed us to pick the precise day of ripening with no compromise, producing an absolutely stunning wine with intense tropical fruit flavours combined with silken mouth feel and great length.

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The Goldwater Estate was established in 1978 by Kim & Jeanette Goldwater when they pioneered winegrowing in New Zealand on Waiheke Island.

Using traditional winemaking techniques, together with modern technology and the finest French oak, the Goldwaters produce handcrafted wines with vibrant fruit characters, harmonious balance, elegant structure and exceptional concentration.

The Goldwater family is dedicated to producing handmade wines with outstanding character and finesse.

By far the largest and best-known winemaking province in Argentina...

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By far the largest and best-known winemaking province in Argentina, Mendoza is responsible for over 70% of the country’s enological output. Set in the eastern foothills of the Andes Mountains, the climate is dry and continental, presenting relatively few challenges for viticulturists during the growing season. Mendoza is divided into several distinctive sub-regions, including Luján de Cuyo and the Uco Valley—two sources of some of the country’s finest wines.

For many wine lovers, Mendoza is practically synonymous with Malbec, originally a Bordelaise variety brought to Argentina by the French in the mid-1800s. Here it found success and renown it never could have achieved in its homeland due to its struggle to ripen fully in finicky climates. Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Merlot, and Pinot Noir are all widely planted here as well (and often blended with one another. The best white wines are made from Chardonnay, and there are excellent examples to be found as well from Torrontés, Sauvignon Blanc, and Sémillon.

Known for its big, bold flavors and supple texture...

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Known for its big, bold flavors and supple texture, Malbec is most famous for its runaway success in Argentina. However, the variety actually originates in Bordeaux, where it historically contributed color and tannin to blends but was susceptible to viticultural problems. After being nearly wiped out by a devastating frost in 1956, it was never significantly replanted, although it did flourish under the name Côt in nearby Cahors. Malbec was brought to Argentina in 1868 by a French agronomist who saw great potential for the variety in Mendoza’s hot, high-altitude landscape, but did not gain its current reputation as the national grape of Argentina until a surge in popularity in the late 20th century thanks to its easy-going drinkability.

In the Glass

Malbec typically expresses deep flavors of freshly turned earth, black fruits from berries to plums, and licorice, appropriately backed by dense, chewy tannins. In warmer, New World regions, such as Mendoza, it can be quite intense and often needs time to mellow before becoming drinkable. In the Old World, its rusticity shines, with aged examples showing dusty notes of leather and tobacco. The best examples in all regions often possess a beguiling bouquet of violets.

Perfect Parings

Malbec’s rustic character begs for flavorful dishes, like spicy grilled sausages or the classic cassoulet of France’s Southwest. South American iterations are best enjoyed as they would be in Argentina: with a thick, juicy steak.

Sommelier Secret

If you’re trying to please a crowd, Malbec is generally a safe bet. With its combination of bold flavors and soft tannins, it will appeal to basically anyone who enjoys red wine. Malbec also wins bonus points for affordability, as even the most inexpensive examples are often quite good.

WBO994384_2002 Item# 55308

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