Dog Point ‘Section 94’ Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2011

Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand - Marlborough
Review Date : 30-Nov-2014
Bright, light straw-yellow colour. This has a very concentrated, powerful and intense nose of spicy green stonefruits infused with a mass of flinty reduction. This is densely packed and still very firm and taut. The palate speaks tightness, concentration and power, featuring gunflint, minerals and reduction. Is the complexity too much? Great acid drive and tension, real linearity, with fine, granular textures from the fruit extraction. This has a very long finish. Great flinty complexity and youthfully tight. Is the solids component overdone? Not for me. This will age another 4-5 years easily. 14.0% alc., 1.5 g/L RS, 18 months in older French oak. 19.5-/20 Oct 2014 RRP $N/A ‘Section 94’ refers to a survey title to a block where Sauvignon Blanc is planted in the ‘Dog Point’ vineyard. Fruit hand-picked, WBP and indigenous yeast fermented in older French oak barrels to 14.0% alc. and 1.5 g/L rs, the wine undergoing batonnage and 18 months maturation in oak. Brilliant straw-yellow colour with lemon-green hues, pale on rim. The bouquet is densely concentrated and powerful with complex aromas of minerals and flint with spicy, nutty, nectarine and greengage fruit aromas underneath. Dry to taste and full-bodied, powerfully packed funky flavours of reductive complexities predominate. The fruit flavours of ripe stonefruits, greengages and nuts sit under the flintiness, but grow in expression. This has a dense core and fulsome mouthfeel, the palate following a fine textured thread with lacy acid brightness to a very long, dry, complex finish with waves of minerals dark herbs, spices and stonefruit. This is a concentrated and powerful Sauvignon Blanc highlighting complex reduction characters, but has excellent underlying fruit. Serve with herb-marinated seafood, poultry and pork dishes over the next 3-4 years. 18.0+/20 Apr 2013 RRP $35.00

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