Dog Point Section 94 Sauvignon Blanc 2014
Dog Point is an icon of New Zealand’s most famous wine region Marlborough. Renowned for making impeccable wines from hand-picked, estate grown fruit, this sauvignon blanc is a brilliant example of their handy work. Intense aromas of tropical fruits combine with mineral and green citrus notes and a touch of oak. The palate is full bodied and stacked with concentrated citrus fruit flavours. A soft textured palate with an appealing purity of fruit and intensity of flavour, leading to a refreshingly balanced lingering acidity. A great partner to fish, poultry and vegetable dishes, or with aromatic white cheeses. Can be cellared for 2+ years.
The Wine Front – This wine, over its lifetime, seems to have gone from comely barrel-ferment-and-lees-worked creamy/nutty/savouriness to edgier wine of reduction, SO2 blast and squeaky-textured raciness. It’s a morphing style that I guess is going tete-a-tete with Cloudy Bay’s Te Koko at the top of the rung of high profile ‘Fume’ styles from Marlborough, New Zealand. It’s been high quality from the get-go, no matter how you approach the wine, but that shift in style might have shifted some loyalists to the wine too. This release is again formidable in its winery workmanship. Needs time to open up and edge away from heady struck match, struck flint, slate, sulphur characters in the bouquet, but you do see faint passionfruit and herbal notes underlying. The palate is rigid, glassy, dart-shaped and blistering with struck-flint-like mineral character and tangy grapefruit pith acidity, but there’s also a suggestion of fruity juiciness and the wine definitely streamlines through the palate over a significant length. Structure, seriousness, cellar-worthy, but caveat is that pleasure comes without a hedonism of fruit here. Serious-feeling wine.
In a mixed or straight case: $35.14