Raymond Chan, 18.5/20

2014 SAUVIGNON BLANC

Bright, pale straw-yellow colour with slight green hues, pale on rim. The nose is full and voluminous with full, evenly presented aromas of white stonefruits seamlessly melded with flinty lees and reductive complexities. Subtle herb and green stonefruit elements unfold in the glass. Dry to taste and medium-full bodied, tightly bound flavours of white stonefruits, herbs, minerals and flinty lees form a strong core. The flavours open up, softly filling the palate. The mouthfeel is very fine, with a chalky texture and soft acidity, and is thirst-quenchingly dry. This flows smoothly with good drive and energy, carrying through to a long, lingering flinty, lees-influenced finish. This is an elegant but mouthfilling Sauvignon Blanc with complex stonefruit and flinty mineral and lees flavours. Match with herb-marinated seafood, poultry and veal dishes over the next 2-3+ years.


Rose Murray Brown

2014 SAUVIGNON BLANC

Dog Point is known locally as Cloudy Bay heaven – this is where the ex-winemaker (James Healy) and ex-viticulturalist (Ivan Sutherland) of Cloudy Bay have found their niche with their own winery just down the road still in the “golden triangle” of Marlborough’s Wairau Valley. They also make extremely good pinot noir too. Serve their sauvignon with smoked salmon or shellfish.