2013 Dog Point "Section 94" Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough
Pale straw colour, even. The nose exudes richness allied to elegance, with layers of spicy green stonefruits interwoven with subtle oak and minerally detail, the flintiness quite subdued. Elegantly presented on palate with tight and concentrated flavours of citrus fruits and spicy green stonefruit. The layers of interest and detail as on nose. Excellent acidity and lifted herbs unfolding, this has real power and drive. Clearly much more interest to emerge, but already with great fruit and depth.
This oak fermented and matured Sauvignon Blanc has a cult following. It's Sauvignon Jim, but not as we know it! The oak is evident but reasonably subtle, allowing fruit, mineral, citrus and nutty lees character to take centre-stage. It contributes to the wine's rich and creamy texture. A complex wine with a beautifully restrained reductive character.
Subtle oak allows stone-fruit, mineral, citrus, struck match and nutty lees flavours to take centre stage here. It contributes to the wine’s rich and creamy texture. Complex, with a funky character.
A stunning experssion of sauvignon that marries complexity and purity to exalted effect. The nose is all tight-wound sulphides and grapefruit citrus, really breathtaking, lemon rind and lime leaf here too. The palate has a core of scintillatingly pure grapefruit citrus flavor, a wealth of fleshy textural presence and a core of fine, driving acidity. Terrific nutty nuanced resolve. Drink now.
Complex, supple and seductive, presenting an aromatic mix of honeysuckle, smoke, beeswax, lime blossom and chamomile notes that give way to ripe white peach, melon, green tea and lemon zest elements. Delivers fresh herbal details of lemon verbena and marjoram, finishing with crisp, clean acidity and lingering flavors. Drink now through 2020.
Bright, pale yellow. Flinty, sulfidey reduction to the aromas of citrus, yellow fruits and smoky minerals. Large-scaled and rich, with sexy oak-driven sweetness to the deep flavors of yellow fruits, fresh herbs, minerals and spices. A very round big boy, with well-judged oak, harmonious acidity and excellent slowly building tactile length. This bottling is routinely one of the best barrel-aged Sauvignons from Marlborough.
From a couple of pioneers of the style, this barrel-fermented Sauvignon Blanc shows aggressive fumé-style aromas of smoky struck flint. Grilled melon and fig flavors take hold of the silky midpalate, followed by lingering grapefruit on the finish. True to its usual impressive standard.
Dog Point's "Section 94" is one of the most delicious and distinctive New Zealand Sauvignon Blancs out there. Dog Point is run by two ex-Cloudy Bay legends Ivan and James. With decades of industry leading experience behind them and some of the best (organically certified) estate vineyards in all of Marlborough, Dog Point is truly one of the most remarkable properties in the southern hemisphere. The "Section 94" bottling is Dog Point's reserve or upper tier wine. The fruit is selected from one specific block of the original vineyard plantings and wild fermented in French oak. The wine has a distinctive and deliberate flinty minerality, matchstick notes and rich, textured fruit in the riper yellow tree fruit spectrum, peach, nectarine, yellow plum with a cut of citrus acidity to keep it focused. This is undeniably NZ Sauv Blanc but with a little extra complexity, richness and depth than many of its kin. It's not hard to see why this wine is an icon in its own right, earning massive scores from the international press. (Ryan Woodhouse - K&L NZ Wine Buyer)