Dog Point Section 94 Sauvignon Blanc 2016
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Color: Bright straw green
Bouquet: Classic strong citrus characters with lemon and grapefruit prominent, complimented by elder flowers, with smoky and flinty undertones.
Palate: A juicy and vibrant palate of pure citrus flavors leaving a lengthy finish with refreshing, balanced acidity.
Food match: Fresh, simple seafood dishes especially oysters. Also compliments goat's cheese well.
|Region||New Zealand, Marlborough|
Wine SpectatorImpressively deep, with whiffs of smoke, white pepper, honeycomb and orange blossom that melt into apricot, dried mango and lemon curd flavors. Matcha green tea and nutmeg details linger on the long, expressive finish, with a delicate thread of acidity weaving in and out, keeping the flavors fresh. Drink now. 200 cases imported.
Wine AdvocateTo emphasize its difference from the classic Sauvignon Blanc, Dog Point's 2016 Section 94 steadfastly refuses to note the varietal on the front label. Which, I should note for TTB purposes, is actually the back label. Whatever. It continues to be a benchmark for the so-called alternative style of Sauvignon Blanc, being barrel-fermented with high solids and indigenous yeasts. Wild notes of green onions and sweat dominate the nose at the moment, but I expect them to mellow with time in the bottle and reveal the underlying stone fruit and grapefruit elements. It's medium to full-bodied but fresh and vibrant, with a crisp, citrusy finish. Unlike most Marlborough Sauvignon Blancs, the Section 94 and similar wines can drink well for up to a decade or more from the vintage.