Don't get me wrong, there are some truly great and age-worthy dry Sauvignon Blancs in the world... But this grape needs a lot of work in the vineyard and winery in order to build complexity and ageability. Fortunately for lovers of this style (like me) we're just starting to see some movements in NZ amongst a few producers towards forging truly great Sauvignons that can cellar. During my tastings for this report I highlighted a few top examples for readers who are interested in experiencing NZ Sauvignon at that next level. 2010 Dog Point Section 94 92+ points.
Dry, firmly concentrated and tight, the drive and vibrancy of the nectarine, citrus, herb and spice fruit flavours are enhanced by bright, racy acidity. This has a purity of fruit focus, and very fine textures provide linearity, leading to a long, cutting finish.