Cloudy Bay, arguably New Zealand's most reputable producer, recently released their 2016 Sauvignon Blanc and, unsurprisingly, it's a stunner!
Established in 1985 in Marlborough's Wairau Valley, their signature Sauvignon Blanc is consistently of a very high standard, offering fresh herbal aromas, a medium to full body, with a crisp, saline, spicy and luscious palate brimming with lashings of tropical fruits, citrus, a lovely greenness and your trademark gooseberry notes.
The perfect, quintessential New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc that is perfect for late summer sipping.
2016 Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc
£21.42 per bottle inc. duty/VAT
"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. Drink now." 93 points, Wine Spectator
"This wine represents New Zealand's rise to greatness over the last decade, leading the charge for Marlborough Sauvignon in the early days. The 2016 vintage has a subtle garden pea, asparagus and citrus nose. It is clean, crisp and punchy in the mouth, with a saline quality to the intense citrus and gooseberry fruit. Fresh pea and subtle stone fruit flavours emerge on the mid-palate and lead into a long, vibrant and zesty finish." 90 points, Decanter
The Sauvignon Blanc harvest commenced on March 31st and was complete on April 14th. Fruit was picked over a range of 22.7-20.8 °Bx with excellent flavours and acid balance.
Following harvest, the free-run juice was cold settled for 48-72 hours before racking. Fermentation was primarily carried out in stainless steel tanks with a mixture of cultured yeasts and wild yeast. Approximately 3% of the blend was fermented at warmer temperature in old French oak barriques and large format vats. As usual our Sauvignon was stringently blended, including only the strongest batches.
We look forward to hearing from you.
Thérèse and Alyssa