Dog Point 2012 ‘Section 94’, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir Releases

The Sutherland and Healy families have been at the heart of the New Zealand wine industry for 35 years and for much of that time their lives have been entwined. They’ve shared in the making of some of Marlborough’s benchmark wines, but I believe they are doing their best work now. Paralleling the human growth is the increasing maturity of the vines and their vineyards in the Southern Valleys. The Dog Point label has grown from the very good inaugural 2002 wines released in 2004, to examples that are spearheading Marlborough’s move into a mature phase with elegant, sophisticated, complex and wonderfully textured wines that are coveted by contemporary and knowledgeable consumers. The 2012 vintage releases mark the start of the second decade of Dog Point wines, and I’m sure they are special to viticulturist Ivan Sutherland and winemaker James Healy. Here are my reviews of the three ‘barrel wines’, the ‘Section 94’, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from this harvest. I find them extremely elegant with their complexing elements beautifully balanced with the fruit.


  • Dog Point ‘Section 94’ Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2012
  • Dog Point Marlborough Chardonnay 2012
  • Dog Point Marlborough Pinot Noir 2012

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