FIVE STARS | Michael Cooper
96 POINTS | Bob Campbell MW
96 POINTS | Cameron Douglas MS
95 POINTS | Candice Chow, Raymond Chan Wine Reviews
18.5/20 | Joelle Thomson
Dog Point is run by two ex-Cloudy Bay legends, Ivan Sutherland and James Healy, and Dog Point's "Section 94" is one of the most delicious and distinctive New Zealand Sauvignon Blancs out there. With decades of industry leading experience behind them and some of the best (organically certified) estate vineyards in all of Marlborough, Dog Point is truly one of the most remarkable properties in the southern hemisphere.
Bob Campbell MW describes Section 94 best: "It's Sauvignon Jim, but not as we know it! The oak is evident but reasonably subtle, allowing fruit, mineral, citrus and nutty lees character to take centre-stage. It contributes to the wine's rich and creamy texture. A complex wine with a beautifully restrained reductive character."
Michael Cooper writes "Looking for ‘texture, rather than rich aromatics’, Dog Point fermented and lees-aged its 2014 vintage Sauvignon Blanc for 18 months in seasoned French oak casks. Hand-harvested in the Dog Point Vineyard (for which ‘Section 94’ was the original survey title), at the confluence of the Brancott and Omaka valleys, and fermented with indigenous yeasts, it has an invitingly fragrant, complex bouquet. Light lemon/green, it is a very non-herbaceous style, mouthfilling and fleshy, with vibrant, ripe tropical-fruit flavours, slightly toasty notes adding complexity, fresh, appetising but moderate acidity (the lowest to date for this wine), and a bone-dry, harmonious finish. Best drinking mid-2017+."
Cameron Douglas writes "Distinctive, complex, developing, enticing. Aromas of integration, white fleshed fruits and citrus, a mix of primary and developing bottle-age complexity. On the palate – immediately fruity with barrel ferment combinations – grapefruit and lemon, apple and lees autolysis. The back palate shows-off the gentle vanilla and custard sweetness of oak. Still fresh and youthful with medium+ acidity and lengthy detailed finish. A fantastic wine. Best drinking from today and through 2026+."