If you know anything about Sauvignon Blanc wines you know that they are New Zealandís star offering. Many people know that the Marlborough region in the northeastern corner of the south island is the countryís most famous wine region. Can you guess what is its star grape? Believe it or not, the first vines were planted here in 1973. The winery is proud of its free draining, silty, clay, loamy soil, and the low cropping, hand-harvested grapes that are helped along by some two thousand sheep. I always thought it was better not to fertilize wine grapes. The companion wine is a Chilean Sauvignon Blanc at half the price.
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Dog Point Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc 2012 13.5 % alcohol about $16.
Letís start by quoting the marketing materials ďTasting Note: If you buy no other 2012 New Zealand sauvignon currently on the shelves, don't miss Dog Point. There's a consummately crafted dimension to this wine that propels it above the vast sea of sauvignon, a wine of genuine character and interest. A one-fifth portion of wild ferment and lees ageing instils a mineral mouth feel and complexing nuances of struck flint. Carefully regulated yields have produced an impeccably gauged fruit profile that tactically dodges the extremes of underripe herbaceousness and overripe passionfruit, falling neatly into the middle ground of grapefruit, lemon zest, guava and golden delicious apple. A focused acid line and outstanding, lingering, textural persistence make not only for immediate appeal but promise medium-term potential. Drink 2012-2019. Score - 95. (Tyson Stelzer, at his web site Undated).Ē And now for my review.
At the first sips this wine offered good acidity but had that characteristic peapod taste that I sometimes get in New Zealand Sauvignon Blancs. When the juice accompanied Matzo ball soup the pea pod taste increased as the acidity rounded. I spiced up the soup with Yemeni green jalapeno sauce but those pea pods continued to dominate. The initial meal focused on a barbecued chicken. Can you guess how the libation responded, Iíll give you a hint. It was excessive. But I did note round acidity. Zesty guacamole gave our SB good oak, good acidity, and bad you know what. Fresh raspberries for dessert fairly muted Whitey; but the wine was still present enough and offered good sweetness and acidity.
The second meal started with Japanese rice crackers that somewhat darkened the libation. The centerpiece was an omelet with black pepper, garlic powder, and red (cayenne) pepper. In response our New Zealand friend offered good, round acidity. The commercial Turkish salad composed of onions, tomato paste, and red pepper rendered the wine pleasant and tamed that offending characteristic, almost. Fresh strawberries brought that offensive taste back along with some darkness.
The final meal began with chicken wings in soya sauce. The liquid responded with good acidity and bad, but somewhat weaker pea pods. The beef eggs rolls rendered the Marlborough resident metallic and almost dark. Chicken fried rice gave winey a burnt taste and good length. I got smoke, metal, and good acidity when our fermented grape juice was paired with fried beef strips and veggies. The final component of this (pseudo) Chinese meal was sweet and sour chicken. That infernal pea pod taste returned in force but the acidity started off good. And soured as the tasting continued.
Final verdict. I usually donít apologize for my reviews. But this time I know that I sound like a broken record. Believe me, I am not obsessed with pea pods. But I tasted them again and again. No, I will never buy this wine again. I donít understand the 95, I donít believe in numeric reviews but if I did, well Iíll let you guess the number. And I wonít be trying their $40 Sauvignon Blanc despite excellent reviews from another reviewer.Access the companion wine A Chilean Sauvignon Blanc (Under $10)
Levi Reiss has authored or co-authored ten books on computers and the Internet, but to be honest, he would
rather just drink fine French or other wine, accompanied by the right foods. He teaches classes in computers at an Ontario
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