Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2018
Established in 1985, Cloudy Bay Vineyards is situated in the Wairau Valley in Marlborough at the northern end of New Zealand’s South Island. This unique and cool wine region enjoys a maritime climate with the longest hours of sunshine of any place in New Zealand. Cloudy Bay has estate vineyards located at prime sites within the Wairau Valley, and long-term supply agreements with five Wairau Valley growers. The main varieties grown are Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, and Pinot Noir with lesser quantities of Gewurztraminer, Riesling, and Pinot Gris. Cloudy Bay wines are exported to over 30 markets, the principal ones being Australia, United Kingdom, USA, Europe and Japan. Cloudy Bay believes that the future success of specialist wineries lies in the production of high quality wines from varieties best suited to specific regions. At Cloudy Bay emphasis is placed on individual fruit character and the development of a consistent estate wine style.Look for lifted aromas of ripe stone fruits juicy citrus, grass and lychee notes. The palate is fine yet succulent, with zesty citrus flavours and fresh acidity. There is an appealing plushness about this wine especially as it leads into a lingering and characteristically crisp finish. Serve with white fishes, cold seafood appetizers, goat's milk cheeses and green salads.
|Region||New Zealand, Marlborough|
Wine SpectatorKey lime, melon and mandarin orange flavors feature savory notes of saline and toasted herb that linger on the finish. Sleek and refreshing. Drink now. 45,000 cases imported.
Wine EnthusiastThe most well known wine from the brand that arguably put New Zealand wine on the map has gotten more restrained and austere over the years. The latest iteration leads with green grass and tomato-leaf characters. The guava and pineapple fruit is less fleshy and more pithy. Waxy and chalky in texture, it is tight and focused, if a little harshly so. There's focused crunchy acidity and a sea-salt character that lingers on the finish.