Cloudy Bay set the benchmark for New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc over 35 years ago and it is still doing so now. In the world of Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc it is too easy to be caught into the flotsam of the sea of mediocrity. This is and always has been immune to the demands of 'cheapest is best'. The focus is on being the best. An excellent release.
Widely regarded as the quintessential expression of the acclaimed Marlborough wine region, Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc is an international benchmark wine noted for its vibrant aromatics, layers of pure fruit flavours and fine structure.
Winery notes (2021 Vintage)
"Our vineyard crews had their work cut out for them this year. Budburst came early across the region, while the cold nights and frosts in September and October meant very early mornings for the crew. Fortunately, the frost protection we have on most of our vineyard sites kept the grape safe. Of course, Mother Nature rarely does things by halves. The challenging conditions continued: unsettled weather during the December flowering period meant good soil conditions, but significant reductions in crop levels. But while she can be stern, Mother Nature can be equally generous – even in the same season. The growing period for 2021 was a continuous thread of beautifully warm, dry conditions, which gave us very little disease pressure to worry about. And, as is often the case, the lower yields had a significant upside: fantastic fruit. The perfect temperatures meant that acid levels remained high, with the grapes developing their full flavour on the vine. The end result is a vintage of outstanding quality and a Sauvignon Blanc with the hallmarks of a future classic.
The 2021 Sauvignon Blanc is intense and vibrant. The nose is open, appealing and expressive, with ripe passionfruit, white peach and a hint of lime. The palate is deliciously concentrated and tropical, underpinned by nectarine and blossoms. Saline notes bring structure, while passionfruit and vibrant citrus acidity bring balance. The compelling finish encourages you to take another sip, and then another. It also hints at the rewards of keeping a bottle aside for a future special event – if you can wait, that is."
5 Stars Michael Cooper (2021 Vintage)
"New Zealand's most internationally acclaimed wine is sought after from Sydney to New York and London. Its irresistibly aromatic and zesty style and intense flavours stem from 'the fruit characters that are in the grapes when they arrive at the winery'. It is sourced from company-owned and several long-term contract growers' vineyards in the Rapaura, Fairhall, Renwick and Brancott districts of the Wairau Valley, Marlborough. The wine is mostly cool-fermented with cultured and indigenous yeasts in stainless steel tanks and aged on its yeast lees, and a small percentage of the blend (4 per cent in 2021) is fermented at warmer temperatures in old French barriques and large-format oak vats. Bright, light lemon/green, the stylish 2021 vintage (5*) is highly aromatic, weighty and sweet-fruited, with strong, vibrant, tropical fruit flavours, showing a distinct touch of complexity, that build well to a long, dry (2.6 grams/litre of residual sugar), appetisingly crisp finish. Best drinking 2023+."
Rated Excellent & 94/100 Cameron Douglas MS, October 2021 (2021 Vintage)
"A super-classic with aromas of fresh basil and green apple, pink grapefruit and wet slate mineral scents. Vibrant and fresh on the palate with an abundance of acidity and mouthfeel, fresh fruit flavours of citrus and tree fruits, pineapple and fresh green herbs. Lengthy, balanced, salty and well made. Drink now and through 2025."
Reviews for the 2020 vintage below…
5 Stars & 96/100 Bob Campbell MW, The Real Review, November 2020 (2020 Vintage)
"Intense and quite weighty sauvignon blanc with passionfruit, lime zest, gooseberry, red and green capsicum and subtle oyster-shell flavours, supported by deliciously tangy acidity that drives a lengthy finish."