Established in 1985, Cloudy Bay was one of the first five wine makers to venture into Marlborough. At the time, it was almost an unimaginable place to set-up a vineyard. But Cloudy Bay’s founder - David Hohnen - was convinced of its potential to produce great wine and invested in the best land of the region. Since then, Marlborough has risen to become New Zealand’s leading wine region, as well as one of the finest winemaking locations in the world.
The winery was named after Cloudy Bay, a body of water explorer Captain James Cook came across during his voyage to New Zealand in 1770. Today, Cloudy Bay not only captures the essence of Marlborough but also embodies New Zealand's luxury to the world. The luxury of space and time, of intimate moments and nature’s rarest qualities.
The 2016 Sauvignon Blanc is a definitive expression of the region and its season. Appealing concentration and poise suggests a wine with the ability to age. The nose is bright with aromas of kaffir lime and grapefruit. A generous palate reveals ripe citrus, stone fruit and lemongrass flavours balanced by crunchy acidity. Perhaps the hallmark of this vintage is its persistent finish rich with minerality.
Impressively intense and focused, with vibrant Meyer lemon notes up front, followed by pineapple, green apple skin, dried apricot and green tea details, coming together on the smooth, spicy, juicy finish. Wine Spectator
It's a very nice sauvignon blanc. It’s gooseberry and peas and citrus and a whiff of passionfruit in bouquet. It’s light and fresh-feeling and crisp and tropical fruits-meet-lime-meet-grassiness to taste. It’s compact, mouthwatering, a touch watery in texture, even just a little dilute in flavour, though a fine spritz of tangy acidity keeps the pace and it’s still notably Marlborough + Sauvignon Blanc + some pedigree. It ticks boxes. It paints between the lines. Rated: 91 Points; Alcohol: 13.5% Price: $38 Closure: Screwcap Drink: 2016 - 2020" - Mike Bennie, The Wine Front.
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