Dog Point 2013 Section 94, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir Barrel Wines

The Dog Point wines of the Sutherland and Healy families represent the contemporary and sophisticated end of Marlborough. While showing all the freshness, fruit clarity and elegance expected of the region, the wines take the drinker to a greater level of interesting and complex drinking, and they may be interpreted as the styles that show the way of the future in keeping Marlborough at the forefront of the world’s thinking consumers.

Last year in October, I attended ‘A Decade of Dog Point’, the Sutherland and Healy’s 10 year celebration, which included a tasting of every Dog Point wine made, these being the Sauvignon Blanc, ‘Section 94’ Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from 2004 through to the 2013s (or the 2014 in the case of the Sauvignon Blanc). It was a wonderful opportunity to obtain the grand perspective and see the evolution and development of the wines (click here to see my report). The 2013 ‘Barrel Wines’, those influenced by oak were still new, and in some quarters, the wines were deemed a bit too youthful to assess. I’ve had the occasion to see these several times since, and I’ve noted that they look better each time. Ivan Sutherland and James Healy have sent these wines out again, to review at their normal release time. My reviews follow, and include background information on their production, as discussed at the ‘Decade of Dog Point’ tastings.


  • Dog Point ‘Section 94’ Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2013
  • Dog Point Marlborough Chardonnay 2013
  • Dog Point Marlborough Pinot Noir 2013

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