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Dog Point Vineyard Section 94 Sauvignon Blanc 2013

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750ML / 14% ABV
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750ML / 14% ABV

Winemaker Notes

Pale straw in color. Pure focused fruit aromas of ripe citrus, white peach, a pleasant fragrance of white blossom. An underlying yeast influence is attained from a naturally occurring fermentation in old oak barrels for a period of 18 months. A complex full bodied style of Sauvignon Blanc with a chalky minerality and fresh herbal influence, complimented by a slightly funky reductive edge.

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D 96
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.
JS 95
James Suckling
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.
WS 93
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.
WE 91
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.
RP 90
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
There is so much to love and commend about the 2013 Section 94 Sauvignon Blanc but, as in a few of the previous vintages, I have concerns about the levels of sulfides (complex savory notes stemming from reduced sulfur compounds as opposed to “free” or obvious sulfur). The nose is led by struck flint / matchstick notes and characteristic “funk” with appealing underlying passionfruit, lemon curd and pink grapefruit hints. Medium-bodied with a silken texture, the sulfides are just a tad confronting here too, though the concentration of fruit is great. The nose / palate improves with air and it may cellar gloriously…if those sulfides ever marry-in with the fruit. Rating: 90+?
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Dog Point Vineyard, New Zealand
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Dog Point Vineyard combines the considerable wine-growing experience of Ivan and Margaret Sutherland and, James and Wendy Healy. Ivan and James met while working at Cloudy Bay Vineyards and quickly established an enduring friendship along with an appreciation of good wine. Ivan was Cloudy Bay's viticulturist for 18 years and in the latter years a Director while James was the Company's Oenologist for 12 years. After finding they shared the same aspirations, James and Ivan decided to return to a more ‘hands-on’ approach to winemaking. Using fruit from the 80 hectare Dog Point Vineyard established by Ivan and Margaret, the pair launched the Dog Point label in February 2004. Since then they have earned Organic Certification under the BioGro New Zealand Programme which is an independent certification process established to promote environmentally friendly, sustainable and responsible practices in the vineyard and winery.

Dog Point Vineyard is one of the earliest private estate vineyards established in Marlborough’s Wairau Valley with some of the oldest vines in Marlborough. The name Dog Point refers to a nearby area that dates back to Marlborough’s earliest European settlement and sheep farming history where the shepherds' dogs sometimes became lost or wandered off. The iconic New Zealand native plant the Ti Kouka ‘cabbage’ tree on the label is also a distinguishing feature of the Dog Point Vineyard property.

Marlborough's Wairau Valley is the major grape growing region of New Zealand, a confined geographical area at the northern tip of the South Island. Abundant sunshine, low rainfall and cool autumn nights characterise our long growing season, enabling the slow evolution of a rich array of vibrant fruit flavors.

Fruit for our wines is sourced from selected vineyard plantings dating back to the late 1970's. These older well-established vines situated on free draining silty clay loams are supplemented with fruit from closely planted hillside vines with a clay loam influence.

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An icon and leading region of New Zealand's distinctive style of Sauvignon blanc, Marlborough has a unique terroir, making it ideal for high quality grape production (of many varieties). Despite some common generalizations, which could be fairly justified given that Marlborough is responsible for 90% of New Zealand's Sauvignon blanc production, the wines from this region are actually anything but homogenous. At the northern tip of New Zealand’s South Island, the vineyards of Marlborough benefit from well-draining, stony soils, a dry, sunny climate and wide temperature fluctuations between day and night, a phenomenon that supports a perfect balance between berry ripeness and acidity.

The region’s king variety, Sauvignon blanc, is beloved for its pungent, aromatic character with notes of exotic tropical fruit, freshly cut grass and green bell pepper along with a refreshing streak of stony minerality. These wines are made in a wide range of styles, and winemakers take advantage of various clones, vineyard sites, fermentation styles, lees-stirring and aging regimens to differentiate their bottlings, one from one another.

Also produced successfully here are fruit-forward Pinot noirs (especially where soils are clay-rich), elegant Riesling, Pinot gris and Gewürztraminer.

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