Dog Point 'Section 94' Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough 2014

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Dog Point 'Section 94' Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough 2014

19.95

It's Sauvignon Blanc, Jim, but not as we know it. We need to take this back to The Enterprise for analysis. Beam us up Scotty!

If you are already a happy convert to barrel-fermented Sauvignon Blanc, then this paragraph is redundant, but if not, we should stress that this is not your typical Marlborough Savvy. The pressed juice is put into barrels and the fermentation takes place in oak, which performs a mysterious alchemy on the wine, enriching it both in flavour and in texture. The herbaceous side of Sauvignon Blanc is subdued and its signature gooseberry and elderberry flavours are mollified by a creaminess that cools the tartness of the fruit. There's a clearly defined 'struck flint' character, similar to that which you find in many white Burgundies, but this has more in common with serious white Bordeaux in both taste and structure. 

It's hard to ignore a wine with this much personality, so you can either embrace it or turn your nose up at its impudent braggadocio. No prizes for guessing what we suggest. Drink now-2022. 14% alc. 

Press reviews:

Jancis Robinson MW: "Reductive struck match nose is followed by immensely impressive fruit. Lots of vibrant green notes but nothing remotely underripe. Really smart, fully satisfying, well balanced wine at the perfect point in its evolution." 17.5 points

The Wine Advocate: "A barrel-fermented, no-holds-barred style of Sauvignon Blanc, the 2014 Section 94 delivers honeyed peaches, lemon tart and pink grapefruit on the nose with hints of struck match (sulfides), lightly browned toast and yeast extract. The palate is wonderfully intense with a gorgeous, creamy texture and tons of flavor layers, finishing long. Wow - this vintage is firing on all cylinders and should age beautifully over the next 5-7+ years." 94 points

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