2008 Dog Point Sauvignon Blanc Section 94

Year: 2008
Appellation: Marlborough
Country: New Zealand
Wine Advocate: 92+
Vinous Media: 92
Wine Enthusiast: 90
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"The 2008 Section 94 is a finely crafted expression of single block Sauvignon Blanc that is barrel fermented in seasoned oak. Profoundly scented of pink grapefruit, mandarin slices, kumquat and fresh herb aromas, it later releases further notes of ginger, grass, white flower and green mango plus some lees and sulphide characters. Very crisp and intensely citrus, this is a beautifully balanced wine of great texture. The finish is long with lingering chalk and crushed stone notes. It’s delicious now, though this is a style built to age and it should cellar to 2016+.

“When we started, we really didn’t know where we were going to go,” James Healy, winemaker and co-founder, confessed as I perched on a stool in the winery’s tasting room. “Ivan (Sutherland, viticulturalist and co-founder) and I are such different people. But we see eye to eye a lot of the time. We never wanted to do the big thing. We wanted to do it for ourselves and develop.” Only 6 years after the first anticipated releases from these ex Cloudy Bay, etc. stalwarts, it’s now hard to imagine Marlborough’s complex jigsaw puzzle of players complete without this dynamic duo that is Dog Point. Emphasis on the vineyards, proponents of cork for all but their Sauvignon and use of indigenous yeast aren’t the only things that define their edges – the wines are simply superb." (WA)

"Pale bright yellow. Gingery peach and curry powder aromas are complemented by smoky low tones and lifted by pepper and white flowers. Very ripe, tactile flavors of yellow fruits and smoky, dusty minerality spread out impressively to saturate the palate, with a bit of CO2 spritz yet to be absorbed. Impressively fat and deep wine with an expanding finish hinting at pineapple. Firm acidity gives it structure and grip. Shows a much more graceful integration of its wood element (it spent 18 months in old French barriques) than the 2007 version. I'd love to follow this over the next five years. (Ex Cellars Wine Agencies, Solvang CA)" (IWC)

"From a challenging vintage, this wine matches the intensity of barrel-fermentation and aging with potent grapefruit notes. The mouthfeel is creamy and lush, while the flavors of oak spice and citrus linger easily on the finish. Fully mature; drink up" (WE)

Winery Notes:
Straw green.

Aromatic white flowers, ripe citrus and minerally sauvignon fruit together with intense yeast character derived from extended lees contact.

The full bodied palate has a refined complexity enhanced by intense mineral and citrus flavours.

Food Match:
Fish, poultry and vegetable dishes and especially aromatic white cheeses.

Three to five years.

James Healy / Ivan Sutherland.