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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
Variety: 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
89065213,435
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


Member Reviews for Cloudy Bay Sauv Bl

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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: Premium Wine & Spirits
05/22/2011

Light and tart, with a zip to the acidity that carries the vivid, celery-tinged gooseberry and lime flavors, lingering impressively on the sharply focused finish. Drink now.


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

Bright and juicy, tangy with lime and passion fruit flavors, finishing tart. Not as ripe and generous as usual, and other bottles were not as good. Drink now.


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

Bracing aromas of lemon, lime, gooseberry and peppery fresh herbs. Dense and ripe on entry, then a bit dry-edged in the middle, and ultimately somewhat skinny for this wine. I wanted more sweetness of fruit.


External Review
03/26/2010

A Sauvignon Blanc wine from Marlborough in New Zealand. 2009 Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc 750ml


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

Crisp and lively, with a fresh celery character weaving through the lime and green apple fruit, finishing with a bit of a rough edge. Drink now. Tasted twice, with consistent notes.


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

Marlborough's standard-bearer continues to turn out vintage after vintage of worthy wines. CB's 2006 Sauvignon is marginally less rich than the 2005, but still offers plenty of crisp, tangy tropical flavors. Pineapple and grapefruit notes finish with a grassy edge.


External Review
08/11/2010

Light and appealing for its citrus character, with lemongrass and lime flavors that dance easily through the finish. Drink now. Tasted twice, with consistent notes. 34,200 cases imported. -HS Wine Spectator. A Sauvignon Blanc wine from Marlborough in New Zealand. 2009 Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc 750ml


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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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