Dog Point 2014 Section 94, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir

From the outset, Ivan Sutherland and James Healy knew their Dog Point venture would need to go beyond the normal parameters of Marlborough wine to succeed. With very experienced and international palates, they set out to make wines which they loved to drink, and these were more textured, structured and complex expressions than those normally made in the district. The earliest wines, the 2004s set the style of sophistication, which continues to be seen as avant garde and at another level of interest. The territory that the Dog Point wines are in, especially the whites, can be interpreted as the styles that Marlborough may head towards, but they are not for everyone. The white wines carry higher degrees of the complexing sulphide reduction ‘gunflint’ characters. On the show judging circuit in Australia and New Zealand, such influenced wines are seen as extremely exciting. They also appeal to the serious wine drinker who loves mineral complexities. At present, the style is divisive, with many consumers still trying to understand the nature of these wines. The Sutherland and Healy families are very comfortable with their position and continue to evolve their wines, realising they are at the forefront of Marlborough wine style development. I love the wines, but do need time to appreciate them fully. I trust readers also give the wines their due. Here, I review the 2014 barrel-aged wines, the ‘Section 94’, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. The wines also reflect the elegance of the vintage.


  • Dog Point ‘Section 94’ Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2014
  • Dog Point Marlborough Chardonnay 2014
  • Dog Point Marlborough Pinot Noir 2014

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