Cloudy Bay Wines
Cloudy Bay wines are a fine way to go for Foreign Fridays and do I have the FOUR wines for you! Cloudy Bay is the most famous producer from New Zealand who set the bar for other NZ Sauvignon Blanc producers and made the varietal famous in this part of the world. Much celebrated and lauded Cloudy Bay are much more than SB these days with a range of wines including a Gewurztraminer, late harvest Riesling, Pinot Noir, the sparkling “Pelorus” and “Te Koko” an alternative SB. I spent Wednesday night at the Cloudy Bay tasting at Chelsea’s Bluebird with the WineSleuth, see how we got on with our four favourites from the event.
Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2008 – BORDERLINE– £13.50
Straw yellow in colour. A rich bouquet, fresh and tropical and quick to give it up too. Good acidity and freshness and continuing with a pineapple/zesty theme. Very flavourful on the palate but a touch clipped on the end. 88 Points
Cloudy Bay Gewurztraminer 2006 – BUY – £16.95
Deep straw yellow in colour. A hugely fragrant wine with classic Gewurzt notes of rosewater, lychee, honeysuckle combining to create a Turkish Delight-esque nose. On the palate the wine is fat and full with a hint of residual sugar, the wine has good acidity but isn’t cutting. An interesting example of NZ Gewurtz 90 Points
Cloudy Bay Te Koko Sauvignon Blanc 2006 – BUY – £21.69
A clear but intense straw yellow. One of the best noses I’ve experienced all year. Delicious notes of ginger, jasmine, herbs, butter and mandarin, smoky oak, all aligning to create, for my nose, an extracted fortune cookie nose. On the palate the wine is full bodied, luscious and creamy with citrus and orange peel notes. A long finish completes a stunning, well rounded wine of top quality. Can’t recommend this highly enough and much better than the standard Sauvignon Blanc. 92 Points
Cloudy Bay Pinot Noir 2006 – PASS – £17.35
A darker than expected ruby red. The wine is forthcoming aromatically with layers of fragrance including smoky bacon, plums and blueberry. A mid bodied wine with well ingrained tannins and smooth lingering finish. 86 Points
I’m passing the Pinot Noir simply because I think there are better priced New Zealand Pinot Noirs in this price range, on this occasion myself and the WineSleuth did not agree. In the £15-£20 NZ Pinot Range I much prefer Craggy Range and Peregrine though both of these are Central Otago and not Marlborough. I have yet to be impressed by both Cloudy Bay or Wither Hills in the Pinot stakes. A matter of taste of course.
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