The winery’s seductive flagship sauvignon, which has a cult following, comes from one vineyard block and is fermented and aged in barrel. It’s powerful and richly textured, and it ages brilliantly, as I learned when I tasted vintages going back to 2004.
Looking for 'texture, rather than rich aromatics', Dog Point fermented and lees-aged its 2014 vintage (5 stars) Sauvignon Blanc for 18 months in seasoned French oak casks. Hand-harvested in the Dog Point Vineyard (for which 'Section 94' was the original survey title), at the confluence of the Brancott and Omaka valleys, and fermented with indigenous yeasts, it has an invitingly fragrant, complex bouquet. Light lemon/green, it is a very non-herbaceous style, mouthfilling and fleshy, with vibrant, ripe tropical-fruit flavours, slightly toasty notes adding complexity, fresh, appetising but moderate acidity (the lowest to date for this wine), and a bone-dry, harmonious finish. Best drinking mid-2017+