"That memorable trip to an oceanside café under the sage moon where all they serve is the most delicious cinnamon toast and gooseberry compote under the light of beeswax candles."
Dog Point Section 94 Sauvignon Blanc (2007)
Dog Point Vineyard was founded by Ivan and Margaret Sutherland and James and Wendy Healy. In the early 2000s Ivan and James left the now infamous Cloudy Bay (where they were the vineyard manager and winemaker, respectively) with the goal of returning to a more 'hands-on' and sustainable approach to winemaking. Utilizing land purchased and planted in the late 1970s by the Sutherlands (with the vision that the vines would come of age when they were ready to found their own label) they have built a reputation over the last decade. Their portfolio is focused around New Zealand’s hallmark sauvignon blanc, as well as complementary chardonnay and pinot noir wines. The vineyard, which was named by early settlers based on the wild herding dogs that congregated around a coastal hill, includes an area known as Section 94 that is revered for its old sauvignon blanc vines.
The wine is a barrage of fresh herb (fresh cut grass, asparagus), gooseberry and citrus (Meyer lemon, key lime) character that is currently showing well. The subtle developing notes (beeswax) that are currently shining through are complemented by the mineral flavours (wet slate, chalk dust) that are derived from the unique Marlborough soils (alluvial loam over gravel) and utilization of wild yeast during the fermentation process. Further intrigue was added to this offering through 18 months of aging in used French oak barrels, with regular lees stirring and minimal racking, which has added subtle notes of fresh buttered cinnamon toast that are intensifying with time.
When it was released in 2012, it was considered by many to be the finest sauvignon blanc crafted by the winery to date. When we first tried this wine, its complexity and classic character made it one of those wine experiences that we would not forget. On this basis we decided to roll the dice and put a bottle down, a gamble, which is safe to say, paid off in spades.
Sourced locally in Calgary from Vine Arts (~40)