Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2020
"Delightfully textured and smooth with balanced yet mouthwatering acidity...think nettles and elderflowers rather than flamboyant tropical fruits." Rebecca Gibb MW
|Reviewer||Bob Campbell MW|
Cloudy Bay's Sauvignon Blanc is juicy, intense and concentrated, with citrus fruits and passionfruit to the fore and underlying minerality to balance.
The Sauvignon comes from fruit sourced from estate and select grower vineyards located in the Rapaura, Fairhall, Renwick and Brancott sub-regions of the premium Wairau Valley. A very small portion of the blend was fermented in old French oak barriques and large format vats to gain further complexity.
Cloudy Bay is one of Marlborough's pioneering estates and New Zealand's finest wineries, a real icon with a worldwide reputation. The winery was named after a body of water that Captain James Cook found on his voyage to New Zealand. His discovery coincided with flooding, which washed sediment into the sea giving it an opaque appearance, hence Cloudy Bay.
"Delightfully textured and smooth with balanced yet mouthwatering acidity, this wine veers into the green hedgerow spectrum of Sauvignon; think nettles and elderflowers rather than flamboyant tropical fruits. That said, there's a subtle flavor of passion fruit running through this wine. Midweight with some decent concentration, it offers nice grip on the medium-plus-length finish. Don't chill the hell out of this or you'll miss the best bits. I've given a drinking window of 2020–2025 but having tasted a delightful 14-year-old Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc that tastes like a mature Sémillon, I can say that you’re not in any danger if you leave it longer." Rebecca Gibb MW