Dog Point 'Section 94' Sauvignon Blanc 2013
Scores & Reviews
96 / 100
Bob Campbell MW
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 (3/6/2015) Complex Sauvignon Blanc showing great use of oak and nutty yeast lees which manage to add complexity without masking fruit character. Very textural wine with weight and a silken palate. Beautifully restrained reductive character adds a suggestion of minerality. (29/4/2015)
19 / 20
Raymond Chan Wine Reviews
Bright straw-yellow colour with slight green hues, lighter on edge. The bouquet is firmly concentrated with deep aromas of greengages, nectarines and fresh herbs, harmoniously melded with complexing reductive gunflint and mineral layers. The aromatics are intense and youthfully fresh, but stylishly in presentation, revealing white florals and lifted herb elements, along with an array of stonefruit. Dry to taste and full-bodied, rich, bold and concentrated flavours of green stonefruits, fresh herbs, white florals and gunflint complexities feature on a fulsome, well-structured palate. This is mouthfilling and weighty with grip and presence, and the mouthfeel lively with refreshing, lacy acidity. The wine flows with power, texture and drive, leading to a long, dry finish with herb, greengage and minerally detail. This is a rich, powerfully structured and textural oak-influenced Sauvignon Blanc with green stonefruit and complex reductive complexities.
95 / 100
This is NZ's finest Sauvignon Blanc. Period. When I tried it back in November it was still coming together, but now, six months later, it has settled down to be one of the best Dog Point Section 94's to date, up there with the '11 and '09 vintages. What makes this so good is the balance of fruit and winemaking derived complexity - the nose a flow of creamy, mealy, oak and yeast characters, stirred in with a dash of dill, white pepper and gooseberry varietal Savvy characters. The palate, too, is both creamy and rich, without ever losing sight of its herbal, angular and firmly acidic Marlborough Sauv form, backed by some late creamed asparagus for good measure. Clever, long and delicious, this is first rate stuff. It's Sauvignon Blanc for Burgundy drinkers, and I'd drink this over loads of other wines. Big yes. Drink: 2015-2022.