The 2008 Section 94 is a finely crafted expression of single block Sauvignon blanc that is barrel fermented in seasoned oak. Profoundly scented of pink grapefruit, mandarin slices, kumquat and fresh herb aromas, it later releases further notes of ginger, grass, white flower and green mango plus some lees and sulphide characters. Very crisp and intensely citrus, this is a beautifully balanced wine of great texture. The finish is long with lingering chalk and crushed stone notes. It's delicious now, this is a style built to age and it should cellar to 2016+ 92+/100
Don't get me wrong, there are some truly great and age-worthy dry Sauvignon Blancs in the world... But this grape needs a lot of work in the vineyard and winery in order to build complexity and ageability. Fortunately for lovers of this style (like me) we're just starting to see some movements in NZ amongst a few producers towards forging truly great Sauvignons that can cellar. During my tastings for this report I highlighted a few top examples for readers who are interested in experiencing NZ Sauvignon at that next level. 2010 Dog Point Section 94 92+ points.