The Lifestyle Department, Australia, Chardonnay 2011


They say – “Bright straw-yellow colour with light lemon-gold hues, pale on edge. This has an elegant and refined nose of ripe stonefruits, citrus fruits and nuts, complexed by harmoniously interwoven flinty sulphide reductive notes and lifted by white florals.” – Raymond Chan. We say - Hearty and oily are the two words that immediately spring to mind. This is one dividing beverage and was by far the most controversial wine during the 2013 Marlborough Wine Weekend. Seriously, wars have been started over less. If you want a to bring a talking point and not just a bottle to a party, this is the one you take.

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Bob Campbell, Dog Point Section 94 Marlborough NZ Sauvignon Blanc 2011

2011 SECTION 94

Barrel fermented, funky Sauvignon Blanc for wine drinkers who are tired of the more mainstream, fruit-focused Marlborough model. Strong matchstick, mineral and nutty oak characters with pure varietal characters lurking below. It’s a clear and slightly rebellious statement attracting a spirited following but I find the wine a tad too tough. Hard to rate - the wine has considerable merit but it is not for me. 85/100