Dog Point Section 94 Sauvignon Blanc 2013
Located in Marlborough, New Zealand's premium wine growing region, Dog Point Vineyards produce wines that respect the natural integrity of the land from which they are made and, reflect the experience and passion of the people that make them.
Arguably the best 'worked' style of Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc in the market, Dog Point's Section 94 continues to perform, the style managing to be both weighty and yet still tightly formed, all without relying on excesses of oak or yeast. In fact, the only odd thing about this wine is the continued use of cork as a closure, which will always be a curious choice (for the record, Ivan Sutherland - one half of Dog Point - prefers this wine under cork, even after toying with it under screwcap).
The name Section 94 refers to a part of the (now certified organic) Dog Point vineyard, the grapes always handpicked and fermented wild in older oak, before spending a further 18 months in barrel with regular battonage.
A wine of power and pungency, this has an amazingly concentrated nose that is laden with solidsy funk, cream and a little formic oak over white asparagus Sauvignon fruit. Unmistakeable as anything but a ripe, fumé style of Sauv, yet in a style that is a step closer to Sancerre than most Marlborough SBs.
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