This update reflects the 2018 vintage. Dog Point has a characteristic ‘New World’ taste to it – and would definitely appeal to lovers of ‘The Ned’ & Cloudy Bay (one of the winemakers used to work for Cloudy Bay). I guess that the fermentation took place at relatively low temperatures. The winemakers employed the ‘reductive method’ (very New World) in which extra steps are taken to carry out the winemaking process in the (relative) absence of oxygen. It may sound far fetched (because air is everywhere) but by using stainless steel tanks and inert gases, a winemaker can greatly reduce the exposure a wine has to oxygen. The intent of reductive winemaking is to maximize the fresh fruit flavours in a wine.
Tasting notes: Distinctly New World. This is filled with intense flavours. The 2017 vintage’s aroma of petrol/flint – which reminded me of a Zippo lighter – is less pronounced in this vintage. Again I got nettle and a range of tropical notes. Balanced acidity. Long finish. Less intense than the previous vintage but with added complexity.
Wine Colour – White
Price – £17.99 – £25
Where do I get it from? Berry Bros, Majestic, Fortnum & Mason.
Current Vintage – 2018
Producer – Dog Point Vineyard
Grape – 100% Sauvignon Blanc
Region/Country – Marlborough/New Zealand
Verdict – Very good. Was a strong contender for Christmas Day.
Food Pairing: This would go well with the usual white meats/seafood.