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 Es...

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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... Read more

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 ca... Read more

Cloudy Bay set the original standard for Marlborough sauvignon blanc, and their latest release raises it a notch. This '06 is filled with luscious ... Read more

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Editorial Reviews for Cloudy Bay Sauv Bl

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065184,998
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
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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.


External Reviews for Cloudy Bay Sauv Bl

External Review
09/27/2011

Cloudy Bay set the original standard for Marlborough sauvignon blanc, and their latest release raises it a notch. This '06 is filled with luscious fresh fruit flavors, from ripe tangerine and lime to juicy pineapple. There's something about the tight structure and velvety texture that makes it feel sophisticated, and something about the freshness that feels coastal. Stock up on it for crab season.


External Review
04/19/2012

The name Cloudy Bay has become synonymous with outstanding New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc. Captain Cook coined the phrase on his voyage to New Zealand in 1770, giving the name to the bay at the east end of Wairau Valley. The winery and vineyards are situated there at the northern end of New Zealand's South Island. This unique, cool wine growing region enjoys a maritime climate with the longest hours of sunshine of any place in New Zealand. The winery owns over 200 acres of estate vineyards there and continues to turn out some of New Zealand’s best wines. This 2011 is as ripe and pure as ever. Rich flavors of grapefruit, tangerine, mango and melon with wonderfully refreshing acidity and lime and mineral notes on the finish.


External Review
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
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
05/22/2011

Crisp, tart and fragrant, with very good intensity to grass, lime peel, grapefruit and sweet pea flavors. Sea salt and fresh herb undertones extend through the finish. Drink now. Tasted twice, with consistent notes.


External Review
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
05/22/2011

Has a vegetal note that gets in the way of the otherwise lively fruit, offering green apple and nectarine with a shot of lime before the green pepper and cucumber character makes its presence felt. This was the better of three bottles. Drink now.


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Winemaker's Notes:

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.

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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