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2002 Goldwater Estate Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough Dog Point

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87 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - September/October 2003

($20) Dusty herbs and snap pea on the nose. Juicy, spicy and dry, with tart-edged flavors of white grapefruit, quince and mint. Taut and crisp if a bit narrow. Finishes with good sneaky length.

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New Zealand's ocean-influenced climate--markedly cooler than that of its neighbor Australia--yields wines with admirable fruit intensity and crisp acidity. Fully two-thirds of New Zealand's wine production is white, and more than half of the wine it ships to America is Sauvignon Blanc. The U.S. market has developed a major thirst for these juicy, fresh New Zealand Sauvignons, which are mostly free of oak influence. But New Zealand Pinot Noir, too, is growing...
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Sauvignon Blanc

For all of its name recognition and reputation for high-quality plantings and bottlings, Sauvignon Blanc has never been represented in lists or discussions of the spectacular wines of the world. But just because wines made from Sauvignon Blanc are rarely crafted for extended cellaring and don't command staggering sums in international auctions doesn't mean that...



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