Wine of the week: a classy and invigorating Kiwi sauvignon blanc

This classy, long, lean, brittle and invigorating wine comes at an extremely keen price, too.

2020 Dog Point Vineyard, Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough, New Zealand 

£14.95, thewinesociety.com

Ivan Sutherland and James Healy met at Cloudy Bay over three decades ago. Along with fellow wine legends Kevin Judd and David Hohnen, these visionary gentlemen put the sauvignon blanc grape variety on everyone’s lips.

Long before Cloudy Bay launched in the mid-Eighties, Ivan and his wife Margaret were among the earliest Marlborough wine industry pioneers planting grapes in the late 1970s. After leaving Cloudy Bay, the Sutherlands and Healys set up Dog Point Vineyard and launched this stellar label in 2004.

I have followed this brand from day one, and they have only ever released exemplary wines. With this extraordinary history, pioneering spirit and genuine influence on the whole of the wine world and its drinkers, it was exciting to read that Ivan highly rates the 2020 vintage.

“For overall fruit quality, this is one of the best I have experienced in over 30 years in the NZ wine industry,” he says. His assessment is spot on: this is as classy, long, lean, brittle and invigorating as any Dog Point Sauvignon I have tasted. The Wine Society has just received a shipment from New Zealand, and the prices seem incredibly keen. 

Alongside my featured wine, do pick up some 2018 Section 94 Sauvignon Blanc (£20) with its subtle, resonant oak-influenced palate; and also the majestic 2018 Dog Point Pinot Noir (£25), which is one of the finest and most controlled reds made here.

Matthew Jukes is a winner of the International Wine & Spirit Competition’s Communicator of the Year (matthewjukes.com).

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