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Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2016

The Experience

Drink When...
The original is still the best
Listen To...
Original recordings
Think About...
Of an explorer and a bay filled with clouds
Drink With...
Creamy chicken and tarragon pie

The Oddbins Take

When Marlborough first acquired its reputation for producing world class Sauvignon Blancs, that was largely, if not entirely down to Cloudy Bay....

The Vital Statistics

New Zealand
Hawkes Bay
Best Drunk Now & Over the Next Year
Bottle Size
Regular - 750ml
Alcohol Units

In stock



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The Style

Sauvignon Blanc (100%)
Light Full bodied
Dry Sweet

Notable Features

  • Suitable For Vegetarians

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Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc

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Planted in 1998 by New Zealander Alastair Scott, the Matahiwi vineyard re-establishes the North Wairarapa as a brilliant place to grow grapes. The prohibition in the 1920s eliminated vines from the area, but they are slowly returning and the phoenix symbol on the label represents the rebirth of the area as a grape growing region first identified in the 19th century. The winery employs sustainable growing practises including organic blocks, inter-row planting of crops and soil replenishment. The wines reflect the region and soils of the vineyard and have delicious fruit and balance. This Chardonnay is grown in the Taradale area in Hawke’s Bay, which has free-draining, stony, silty loams, which is the predominant soil type in this area. The crop was kept low and was well exposed to ensure even ripening and good flavour development. Cool-fermented, with both aromatic yeasts and Burgundy-style yeasts, in stainless steel tanks. Once fermentation was completed, the wine was left for an extended period on yeast lees to promote textural qualities and mouth-feel. A small portion was fermented in barrels using native yeasts to increase complexity. This is a rich style of Chardonnay with the accent on strong fruit flavours. Ripe melon, nectarine and summer peach aromas combine with oak hints of cedar and spice and a long, full, yet soft finish. Ideal matched with creamy pasta or white meat dishes. It is also delicious with seafood. Enjoy now, or cellar until 2014.
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