Dog Point 'Section 94' Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough, New Zealand 2013

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Dog Point 'Section 94' Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough, New Zealand 2013

20.95

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

Www.jancisrobinson.com: "When I first poured this it was almost defensively reduced – warning the drinker to stay away. After 15 minutes in the glass, it is still pretty reductive but not in a struck-match Chardonnay sort of way but more in an intensely smoky quality – almost rubbery but that makes it sound negative when it isn’t. Still has rich intense fruit – orange and wild grasses but not in the least green. This is one of the hardest wines I have tried to describe in a long time. Full-bodied with intense ripeness but no sweetness, just lots of what the French call gras. Needs more time and/or food.

Day 2: the Coche Dury of Sauvignon Blanc? though the herbal flavour on the palate takes you away from Chardonnay. More flinty/mineral than struck match.

Day 3: still very flinty but boxtree showing more now. A wine that needs to be decanted? (JH) 13%. Drink 2017-2025." 17.5++ points

The 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." 90+ points

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