97 Points Stuart McCloskey "Dog Point's Section 94 has always been a favourite of mine and can, in correct cellaring conditions, mature wonderfully over a decade. This is another example of a medium to full-bodied, textural style of Sauvignon Blanc. The grapes for Section 94 come from a single, low cropping vineyard parcel first planted in 1992. The fruit is hand-picked, whole bunch pressed and aged in older French oak barrels for 18 months. Every vintage has a funky edge which you either love or not. Those seeking simplistic Kiwi fruit pops should avoid at all costs as this is a serious, large scale wine that deserves a little respect. The aromas are taut, tightly wound with the ‘funk’ reducing with 20/30 minutes in a decanter (highly recommended). Tropical no - Yellow stone fruits in abundance with a vein of minerality appearing mid-palate. There’s a real intensity which is exceptional and rarely found with the majority of New Zealand Sauvignon Blancs. The finish is endless… In short, brilliant!"
17 Points – Jancis Robinson "Smell as though there is some light oak influence here. Dense and thrilling. This is a wine to convert me to Marlborough Sauvignon! Much more concentrated than the regular 2017 Sauvignon Blanc. Tense and rich at the same time but not particularly mineral. Reminds me a bit of PHI in the Yarra Valley. Impressively long."
Smell as though there is some light oak influence here. Dense and thrilling. This is a wine to convert me to Marlborough Sauvignon! Much more concentrated than the regular 2017 Sauvignon Blanc. Tense and rich at the same time but not particularly mineral. Reminds me a bit of PHI in the Yarra Valley. Impressively long.
Zalto Denk-Art Universal Glass
The Zalto Universal glass is recommended for richer, oaked Sauvignon Blancs such as Hughes & Hughes Barrel & Skins, white Graves or Semillon/Sauvignon blends as well as young and non-vintage Champagne. The Zalto Universal is a very good 'all-rounder', designed for all types of wine but in our opinion may not maximize the potential of certain wines quite as much as the Bordeaux or Burgundy glass.
Dog Point wines originate from the experienced and stellar hands of ex-Cloudy Bay magicians Ivan Sutherland and James Healy. A boutique operation which sees Sutherland focusing on care in the vineyard and Healy as winemaker means that in the eyes of many, they are the now the main class act for Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc. In addition to Sauvignon Blanc the pair also produces idiosyncratic Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from the Wairau Valley’s unique climatic conditions of generous sunshine, extraordinary diurnal range in temperatures and low rainfall conditions. With all of the grapes coming from Sutherland’s own vineyards, quality control is at its most meticulous with hand harvesting employed over the more widely adopted machine assisted approach taken elsewhere. Fermentation with indigenous yeasts brings an exuberant and crystalline fruit purity hailed by all who taste them. Never dull, always impressive, Dog Point’s wines personify a real benchmark in outstanding winemaking in Marlborough, New Zealand.
At the northern most tip of the southern island is New Zealand’s most famous region, Marlborough. A region that pioneered an entirely new style of wine and new methods of production, championing stainless steel and temperature controlled fermentation, the Marlborough sauvignon, with its racing acidity, bright, vibrant gooseberry, passionfruit and elderflower aromas took the world by storm when it burst on to the scene.
Since then, Marlborough has managed to form a reputation that is not just based on one game changing grape variety, but has established its place on the world’s stage as a producer of not only premium sauvignon, but also of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Riesling and many others, for example, Blank Canvas Pinot Noir was awarded a staggering 97 points from Bob Campbell MW (a score rarely achieved for pinot outside of Burgundy.) Wairau Valley is an ancient river bed of gravelly soils that sits between two mountain ranges. Due to these mountains on either side, the Wairau Valley see’s less rain than the rest of Marlborough. These conditions lead to greater vine stress resulting in wines that show a level of fruit intensity and concentration rarely seen in a Sauvignon Blanc. Wairrau Valley Sauvignon’s are becoming some of New Zealands most sort after Sauvignons.
Based in Marlborough and releasing single vineyard wines from across the Wairrau Valley sub-region is Giesen. One vineyard of theirs in particular is possibly one of Marlborough’s most valued plots, Matthews Lane vineyard. Over one million cuttings from here have been taken and so many of Marlboroughs vines have originated from this tiny, single plot. Giesen’s The Fuder comes from Matthews Lane vineyard, the name coming from the enormous, 1000 litre Fuder barrels that the wine is aged in. One of Marlborough’s most regarded producers is Dog Point, the venture of Ivan Sutherland and James Healy of Cloudy Bay. Dog Point craft incredible wines, their Section 94 Sauvignon Blanc is a stand out, cult level example of this grape variety. Novum produce Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from specially selected parcels of single blocks from great vineyards to produce their wine and Churton produce exceptional Pinot Noir from a unique micro climate between the sub-regions of Waihopai and Omaka Valleys.
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