2013 Dog Point "Section 94" Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough

SKU #1268268 96-97 points Raymond Chan

 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.

96 points Bob Campbell

 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.

96 points Decanter

 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.

95 points James Suckling

 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.

93 points Wine Spectator

 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.

92 points Vinous

 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.

91 points Wine Enthusiast

 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.

K&L Notes

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)

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Sauvignon Blanc

- One of the best known "international" varieties originally cultivated in France and considered the parent of, with Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon. Sauvignon's wonderfully distinctive aromatics generate some of wine's most colorful descriptors, among them "cat pee," herbaceous, grassy, citrusy the world over. In France, the apex of Sauvignon Blanc production is the Loire Valley, in the appellations of Sancerre and Pouilly-Fumé, where the terroir expresses itself most beautifully through the grape. Sauvignon Blanc is also the leading white grape varietal in Bordeaux, where it is paired with the fatter, richer Sémillon to varying degrees. Relatively easy to cultivate, though more suited to cool climates, Sauvignon Blanc has made inroads in Europe outside of France, especially in Northeastern Italy's Friuli and Alto Adige, but also on the Slovenian border. These lovely wines are often overshadowed by Sauvignon Blanc's achievements in the New World, namely New Zealand, South Africa and California. New Zealand's Sauvignon Blancs, more conspicuously fruity than most French examples, landed the small island nation on the world wine map in the late-1980s and 1990s. South African Sauvignons are one of the most successful international varieties produced in that country and are often quite elegant and affordable. In California, Robert Mondavi managed to, almost single-handedly, created a market for Sauvignon Blanc by renaming his oak-fermented version Fumé Blanc. While some wineries still use the name, California Sauvignon Blanc has secured its place in the California wine pantheon, particularly those from the Napa Valley. Washington State, Chile and Argentina also have considerable plantings of the grape.

New Zealand

- New Zealand is an extremely diverse wine-growing nation. The long history of producing wine started in the 1830s with wineries such as Mission Estate (1850) and Te Mata Estate (1896) still producing wine today. The two islands hold a multitude of different growing climates ranging from warmer areas such as Hawke’s Bay to very cool regions such as Waitaki, and Awatere. Most regions are defined as Maritime with the exception being Central Otago that has a moderate Continental climate with the high elevation creating dramatic diurnal swings in temperature. The plethora of grapes grown in New Zealand reflects this diverse microclimate make up. Everything has a place here, Bordeaux varietals and Syrah in Hawke’s Bay, Chardonnay and Pinot in Nelson, Pinot Noir and Riesling in Central Otago , aromatic whites in Waipara and pretty much everything you can imagine in Marlborough. New Zealand is also one of the “greenest” wine producing nations on earth (94% of wine certified sustainable in 2013) with a strong focus on organic and Biodynamic farming.