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2014 Dog Point Vineyard Section 94 Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc

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This is a cracking example of Savvy, but don't expect the usual smash in the face with passionfruit that you normally get - this is a different beast all together! There are some tropical fruit smells on the nose, but it's all mixed up in some matchstick-like, savoury 'funk', yellow and green citrus, and a hint of smokiness from a touch of oak. The palate is bright, tight and nervy, with juicy citrus and gooseberry flavours, a touch of grassiness, a talcy texture, and a long, dry, rocky finish that will see this cellar for a few years. Excellent stuff!

Winemaker's Notes

Bouquet: Restrained funk, citrus notes, exotic fruits and floral tones.

Palate: Nutty. Solids give palate weight and texture.

Food match: Fish (especially salmon), poultry, soft white cheeses.

Cellaring: Ideally enjoyed as a young wine, may be cellared for several years.

Alc/vol: 14.0%

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2014 Dog Point Vineyard Section 94 Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc

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Huon Hooke (2014 Vintage) says
Medium yellow colour, which hints at some barrel maturation - as it indeed smells. The palate is rich and full, with generous flavour yet not at the expense of delicacy. Complex, nutty, toasty, smoky and citrusy, with tropical highlights. Zesty acidity, good persistence and aging potential. A lovely wine with lots of detail.
2016 - 2024
95
Mike Bennie (2014 Vintage) says
Needs time to open up and edge away from heady struck match, struck flint, slate, sulphur characters in the bouquet, but you do see faint passionfruit and herbal notes underlying. The palate is rigid, glassy, dart-shaped and blistering with struck-flint-like mineral character and tangy grapefruit pith acidity, but there’s also a suggestion of fruity juiciness and the wine definitely streamlines through the palate over a significant length. Structure, seriousness, cellar-worthy, but caveat is that pleasure comes without a hedonism of fruit here. Serious-feeling wine.
2017 - 2024+
93
Raymond Chan (2013 Vintage) says
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. Match with herb-marinated white meat dishes over the next 4-5 years. Fruit from a single block on the ‘Dog Point’ vineyard, hand-picked, WBP and fully barrel-fermented with solids by indigenous yeasts to 14.0% alc. and 2.2 g/L RS, the wine aged 18 months in seasoned oak, the wine undergoing occasional batonnage and no MLF. 19.0/20
19
Tyson Stelzer (2010 Vintage) says

For sauvignon to retain such vitality and energy in the presence of complexity as profound as this defines a lifetime achievement for James Healy and Ivan Sutherland. Magnificent ripples of green pea, capsicum, mint, grapefruit, lime and lemon, then wood smoke and flint. Scintillating mineral presence, pristine freshness and outstanding length. If you thought sauvignon wouldn’t improve with age, just you wait. 

2015 - 2025
Wine Taste Special Edition 63 - Easter spoils!
95
Australian Gourmet Traveller Wine Magazine (2010 Vintage) says
Section 94 is a barrel-fermented sauvignon blanc that successfully adds texture and complexity ro a variety famous for its punchy fruit flavours. It's a taut, steely and slightly funky wine. This is a possibly the best they've made.
2016
Australian Gourmet Traveller Wine, Aug/Sep
95
Nick Stock (2010 Vintage) says
An outstanding Marlborough sauvignon blanc that shines a beacon of light on the possibilities for this world-famous white wine style to impress the most sophisticated palates. Immense complexity is the key to the nose: plenty of gunflint ahead of lime and lemon citrus, some pink grapefruit here too. The palate s contained and powerful, harnessing ripe fruit flavour and layered textural flesh in a linear shape. Acidity surges through lemon custard and lightly grilled hazelnut flavours. Long and concentrated.
Now
Good Wine Guide
96
Wine Companion (2010 Vintage) says
The stricking green hue and completely unevolved bouquet of struck match, lemon pith, guava and ground chalk are simply remarkable; as the elegant and seriously complex wine continues a long string of brilliance from the Dog Point team; the palate is racy, scintillating, full of energy, and certain to turn the most hardened naysayer of sauvignon blanc; age will not weary this wine, and if patience is your virtue then 3 to 5 years will be most suitable.
2020
April/May
96

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