6 October 2014 News

An article on Dog Point’s “magical  Sauvignon Blanc,” Section 94, appeared in the Australian Financial Review this past weekend. See below for an excerpt, in which James Healy discusses the unique winemaking process for Section 94. The full article can be found here.

“I asked James Healy about Section 94 and he told me: “Section 94 is a block of sauvignon blanc established in 1992 and is named after the original 1800s survey of where the vineyard is planted. That wine is, and has always been, from that vineyard.” Section 94, like the other 150 hectares of Dog Point vineyard, is certified by New Zealand organic farming organisation, Bio-Gro. Healy continues: “Crop level is most important and we manage that at about 7.5 to 8 tons per hectare.” Which is extremely modest yields for sauvignon blanc.

What fascinates me though as much as the quality of the fruit the wine contains is how the wine was “made”, or really “not made”, in this particular case. Healy explains: “Generally (the sauvignon grapes) are pressed straight to barrel without seeing stainless steel. All older Francois Freres barrels, as new oak flavour is not sought, and fermentation is by natural yeast [with] a little battonage (lees stirring) but only three or four times, over time, in-barrel, enough to complete fermentation and retain freshness. It’s in barrel for about 18 months prior to racking and bottling so the initial light pressing is essential for this sort of winemaking. No fining, just a light filtration.” So all pretty simple really, and extremely hands-off.

The surprising thing about tasting this wine in the context of the AWAC tasting this time around is that in many previous years this style of sauvignon blanc has not generally been appreciated. Yet now, with a group of young winemaker tasters, this wild style of sauvignon, has found a much more appreciative audience.”



26 September 2014 News

Wine critic Stephen Tanzer recently posted about his “sure-fire pinot choices from New Zealand” on his blog, Winophilia. Dog Point’s Pinot Noir was among his favorites. See below for his comments on the wine!

Dog Point Pinot Noir 2012 Marlborough, New Zealand

And finally, Dog Point Vineyard, best known for its consistently superb sauvignon blancs, has also succeeded mightily with pinot noir in 2012. The Pinot Noir Marlborough ($40; Vintus Wines) offers aromas and flavors of raspberry, strawberry and smoked meat complemented by high-toned spicy oak. It’s densely packed, concentrated, deep and round, offering inviting generosity of texture and sweetness of fruit. The finish is classically dry and long, with lingering spice character and excellent lift.

Click here to read the full post.

18 August 2014 News

Decanter Magazine features New Zealand Pinot Noir as becoming a serious player on the world stage over the last 30 years. The article highlights the differences in style between the country’s main regions and for Marlborough Dog Point’s Pinot Noir is among the best.

13 August 2014 News

One of Decanter Magazine’s “22 must-try Sauvignon Blancs” was Dog Point’s 2010 Section 94! With 18.5 out of 20 (95/100) points the review is as follows.Discreet ripe citrus nose. Flavors of very ripe grapefruit, intense and crystalline, its racy fruit a very pure expression of Sauvignon. Very long.” Click here to see more “must-try” wines.

21 July 2014 News

Food & Wine Magazine’s August 2014 issue is all about the best of summer dishes and perfect wines to match. Dog Point’s 2013 Sauvignon Blanc was paired with Artic Char with Charmoula! Click here to check out the recipe.


18 July 2014 News

Click on the image below to see a video of Matt Sutherland discussing the new Dog Point barrel wines releases at our 10th Anniversary Portfolio tasting!


14 July 2014 News

Wine Enthusiast featured their Top-Rated “Alternative” Sauvignons, the trend of Marlborough producers releasing oak-influenced Sauvignon Blancs again. “These ‘alternative’ Sauvignon Blancs, as they’ve become known — some don’t even mention the grape varietal on the front label — show more variation in style than their unoaked brethren” says WE. Of the Top-Rated was Dog Point’s 2011 Section 94 with 92 points and is an Editors’ Choice! Click here to see the full feature.

23 June 2014 News, Videos

Antonio Galloni reviewed his top 4 SUMMER WINES on Bloomberg News on Friday, and Dog Point’s spectacular Sauvignon Blanc is featured! Click HEREto view the video.

31 May 2014 News

The Dog Point May 2014 newsletter was just released, with a harvest update, upcoming events and some tremendous recent reviews. Click here to see the full newsletter.


8 April 2014 News

A clipping from the Washington Post show and article entitled “look at New Zealand, and expect the unexpected”. They mention Dog Point Vineyards and their Section 94 Sauvignon Blanc.  Also, the 2013 Sauvignon Blanc and 2010 Pinot Noir received 3 stars each! Check out the full article and reviews below.