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Cloudy Bay Sauv Bl 2010

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Cloudy Bay Vineyards was established in 1985 by Cape Mentelle Vineyards in Western Australia, and is today part of Estates & Wines. Innovation, meticulous attention to detail and regional expression, are the guiding principles of Cloudy Bay. The Cloudy Bay team is committed to producing ‘wines of region’ and strives to enhance the pure, bracing flavours and stunning vibrancy, naturally afforded by the climate and soils of Marlborough. The winery and vineyards are 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. Scented and summery, the 2009 Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc has deliciously vibrant aromatics that infuse the tropical fragrance of fresh passionfruit and juicy pineapples with garden-fresh basil and the spiciness of crushed tomato leaves. The palate is long and succulent, combining exotic fruits with ripe, red capsicum and a twist of green olive. All this is beautifully complemented by crisp natural acidity and a hint of lime zest.

Region: New Zealand

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Color: White
Varietal: Sauvignon Blanc
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Cloudy Bay Vineyards:
Cloudy Bay has been the benchmark New Zealand wine, from the iconic New Zealand winemaker Kevin Judd, since its founding in 1985 as one of the first 5 wineries in Marlborough. The ultra-premium wines express the purity and intensity of fruit flavors naturally afforded by the top vineyard sites and maritime climate.

Editorial Reviews for Cloudy Bay Sauv Bl

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065218,670
3.00 5
12/09/2010

A bit tight and only lightly aromatic with some white peach fruit, a bit of green pineapple and light chili top notes. Light and fresh in the mouth with good balance to the ripe pineapple and lightly passion-fruity fruit tones. 86pts


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Snooth User: cyril
127774374
3.00 5
12/25/2011

Tasted in club by 14 participants, compared with five others Sauvignon. What the tasters as thought: Nose to plant more fruit (box with peaks of cat pee). Not very citrus, rather yellow fruit (peach) and even a hint of cassis. On the palate, the attack is not aggressive on citrus. Fruitier than plant (still peachish), a little sweetness of the butter. And a hint of smoke. The pretty tingling acidity to keep it awake. Wine statistically rated the same way that the Ménetou Salon. Tasting date: Dec. 16, 2011 Maturity: Wait for 2-3 years Opinion on the maturity: Fun now. Why let it age? Out of curiosity.


Snooth User: harrip
83669138
3.00 5
12/05/2010

Three glasses


External Reviews for Cloudy Bay Sauv Bl

External Review
Source: The Wine Buyer
04/28/2010

Scented and summery, the 2008 Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc has deliciously vibrant aromatics that infuse the tropical fragrance of fresh passionfruit and juicy pineapples with garden-fresh basil and the spiciness of crushed tomato leaves. The palate is long and succulent, combining exotic fruits with ripe, red capsicum and a twist of green olive... beautifully complemented by crisp natural acidity and a hint of lime zest.


External Review
Source: Flaschenpost Weinservice GmbH
06/18/2010

Quitte und Passionsfrucht, frisch geschnittene Basilikumblätter vollendet durch einen Hauch Zitronengras. Der Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc zeichnet sich durch seine Frische sowie durch seinen typisch würzigen Charakter aus.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
05/22/2011

This clear, light brass-colored wine bursts from the glass with mixed citric aromas of fresh grapefruit and the characteristic herbal scents of New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc. It's perhaps not quite as over-the-top with green chili pepper and jalapeño aromas as some vintages, but you'll find plenty of green pepper and snappy citrus in its fresh, full flavor. Perfect with a vegetarian entrée designed to match its herbaceous nature: Fresh asparagus spears and a light puree of asparagus, green peppers and onions over gorgonzola polenta.


External Review
06/22/2011

Tangerine, mango and citrus flavors are pure and focused, smooth, round and wonderfully refreshing, with peach, Key lime pie, mineral, and floral elements that really take off on the finish. Drink now.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
05/22/2011

Only in recent years have the delicious wines of New Zealand become widely known outside their own country, and if any one winery from this beautiful island nation has led the charge, it is Cloudy Bay, and in particular its highly acclaimed Sauvignon Blanc. The 2000 vintage, which I had the good fortune to try at the winery last November, has finally reached local shops in most parts of the world.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
05/22/2011

An impressive return to form for a benchmark producer. Fine-grained and subtle, with lime juice, passion fruit, green apple and grapefruit flavors. Tart citrus, grass and stone nuances shape a deft finish. Drink now. Tasted twice, with consistent notes.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
05/22/2011

Pale color. Smoky herbs, lime peel, rye bread and jalapeño pepper on the nose. Rich and expansive for New Zealand sauvignon, with citrus zest flavors complicated by a bracing peppery quality as well as a suggestion of passion fruit. Full and quite dry, with floral and mineral notes emerging. Finishes with refreshingly bitter-edged flavors of quinine, citrus pith and pepper. Offers a terrific combination of palate weight and grip.


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Cloudy Bay Vineyards was established in 1985 by Cape Mentelle Vineyards in Western Australia, and is today part of Estates & Wines. Innovation, meticulous attention to detail and regional expression, are the guiding principles of Cloudy Bay. The Cloudy Bay team is committed to producing ‘wines of region’ and strives to enhance the pure, bracing flavours and stunning vibrancy, naturally afforded by the climate and soils of Marlborough. The winery and vineyards are 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. Scented and summery, the 2009 Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc has deliciously vibrant aromatics that infuse the tropical fragrance of fresh passionfruit and juicy pineapples with garden-fresh basil and the spiciness of crushed tomato leaves. The palate is long and succulent, combining exotic fruits with ripe, red capsicum and a twist of green olive. All this is beautifully complemented by crisp natural acidity and a hint of lime zest.

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