2016 Dog Point Section 94 Sauvignon Blanc

Dog Point
Marlborough, South Island, New Zealand NEW ZEALAND
Wine Style
Dominant Grape
Sauvignon Blanc
Closure Style
drink or keep
Bottle Size
Case Quantity
Wine Score
92+ points, Joe Czerwinski, robertparker.com, March 2019 17.5 points, Jancis Robinson MW, jancisrobinson.com, December 2018 16.5+ points, Tim Jackson MW, jancisrobinson.com, February 2019

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Media Reviews

Joe Czerwinski

To emphasize its difference from the classic Sauvignon Blanc, Dog Point`s 2016 Section 94 steadfastly refuses to note the varietal on the front label. Which, I should note for TTB purposes, is actually the back label. Whatever. It continues to be a benchmark for the so-called alternative style of Sauvignon Blanc, being barrel-fermented with high solids and indigenous yeasts. Wild notes of green onions and sweat dominate the nose at the moment, but I expect them to mellow with time in the bottle and reveal the underlying stone fruit and grapefruit elements. It`s medium to full-bodied but fresh and vibrant, with a crisp, citrusy finish. Unlike most Marlborough Sauvignon Blancs, the Section 94 and similar wines can drink well for up to a decade or more from the vintage. 92+ points

Jancis Robinson MW

Very struck match! You`d either love or loathe this. I love it. Star-bright fruit, finely etched. Masses of undertow and mid-palate fruit. Lightly chalky finish. Very appetising and holds its alcohol well. You could enjoy this with or without food. 17.5 points

Tim Jackson MW

Brancott Valley subregion. 7–8 t/ha, yielding 50 hl/ha. Pressed to old French oak for fermentation with high turbidity and indigenous yeasts. 18 months in barrels. Pale lemon. Struck match even more than the straight, 2018 Sauvignon, then toasted hazelnut and grapefruit. Lots of palate density, richness and spice, some lemon-lime and flinty mineral. Long and needs time. 16.5+ points

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