Dog Point Section 94 Sauvignon Blanc Vertical Tasting

Dog Point are one of my favourite Marlborough producers. Certified organic, estate grown, made with love and taste sensational, what more could you want?!

I was lucky enough to attend a vertical tasting of the Section 94 Sauvignon Blanc hosted by Red and White Cellar and Dog Point at La Fuente, a cool wine and mezcal bar in Snickel Lane, Downtown Auckland.

Chatting with Matt and Murray is always a treat but getting to taste these wines made it extra special, I asked Murray a few questions about the Section 94 wines before making my way through the wines.

  • 100% Sauvignon Blanc
  • Single vineyard
  • 100% oak aged
  • Barrels are between 2 and 3 years old
  • Bottled under screw cap from the 2014 vintage
  • Low cropped vines

Tasting date:    12/08/2019

2017- youthful, citrus and oak dominating the nose, light in body, pretty wine, look forward to tasting in a few years

2016- Smoky oak, light fruit aromas, feminine, floral, mouth watering acidity

2015- struck match, flinty, herbaceous green note on the nose, round silky mouth feel with a lingering finish

2014- Powerful aromas, toasty oak, stone fruit, lemon pith, softly textured with a zing of acidity. This is my favourite wine of the tasting.

2013- initial sulphur hit burns off in the glass, nectarine, white peach, citrus and white flowers.

2012- Bursting with tropical aromas and lightly toasted oak, very powerful, vegetal note apparent. Amazing palate, plush stone fruit, tropical fruit, lifted acidity.

2011- struck match sulphur, very structured, funky, almost grippy texture, fresh citrus, juicy back palate.

2010- bottle was corked

2009- Perfect concentration of floral, citrus, passionfruit and lemon curd. Intense and well structured

2007- Super rich, some tertiary notes, light stone fruit, coconut, almond, white truffle.

2004- Surprisingly youthful on the nose, complex, cut grass, light lemon, loses some fruit on the finish, savoury, a very special wine to taste.

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