Cloudy Bay Vineyards, established in 1985, is today a partnership between champagne house Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin and co-founder of Cape Mentelle Vineyards in Western Australia, David Hohnen. The Cloudy Bay team is committed to producing 'wines of region' and strives to enhance the pure, bracing flavors naturally afforded by the climate and soils of Marlborough. The winery and vineyards are situated in the Wairau Valley in Marlborough at the northern end of New Zealand's South Island. This unique and cool wine region enjoys a maritime climate with the longest hours of sunshine of any place in New Zealand. Cloudy Bay has estate vineyards located at prime sites within the Wairau Valley and long-term supply agreements with five Wairau Valley growers. The main varieties grown are Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.
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The 2011 Pinot Noir captures your senses with immense florals including violets, boronia and flowering wild thyme. Raspberry licorice entices further along with wild strawberry, dark cherries, tabacco and spice. The palate is juicy but balanced by rich forest floor, clove and savoury flavors. Good... more
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The appealing nose of the 2011 Chardonnay affords aromas of stonefruit, white floral, smokey oak and spice. The palate it fresh and lively with a bright acid backbone. Flavors abound of nectarines and peaches, juicy citrus and grapefruit pith. Good length with delicate texture and a fine mineral... more
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Zesty lime and grapefruit aromas are the first to emerge from the nose of our 2013 sauvignon blanc, followed by nectarine and lemongrass tones. The palate is fresh and focused with ripe citrus, stonefruit, fennel and mineral notes lingering on the persistent finish. Our sauvignon blanc is a... more
The 2012 Sauvignon Blanc shows lifted notes of elderflower, green lime zest, and stone fruit. The palate is ripe, fine and succulent, offering zesty ripe citrus flavors coupled with an edge of minerality and sweet herbs. A small barrel ferment component gives balancing flesh to the wine's crisp... more
The 1996 vintage of this wine was ranked #7 on the Wine Spectator's Top 10 Wines of 1997
Pale straw green in color and enticingly fragrant, the 2011 Sauvignon Blanc offers lifted aromas of ripe stonefruit and juicy citrus with underlying notes of blackcurrant leaf and tomato plant spice.
#29 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2011
2010 has produced a Sauvignon Blanc of vibrant intensity. The characteristically upliftingaromas of ripe lime and grapefruit, nectarine, papaya and mango and floral notes of orange blossom, gooseberry and sweet fennel are striking. A small portion of barrel... more
This 2010 Pinot Noir is deep garnet in color with warm rosy hues. The complex bouquet offers layers of dark berries and cherry, cinnamon, sweet leather, fresh herbs and soft tobacco. The palate is plush and round on entry. Ample red and black fruit, including rhubarb, bramble fruit and cranberry,... more
The 2010 Chardonnay showcases a mid yellow core with a silvery bright rim. The nose offers appealing aromas of cereals, wheat flower, mandarin and ripe lemon. A hint of smoke is also evident balanced with creamy cashew nuts and an underlying grapefruit zest. The palate has a fresh lively entry... more
Vibrant red in color, the 2009 Pinot Noir displays a nose that is both pure and complex revealing aromas of strawberries, earthy fresh mushrooms and smoky spice. The palate is finely balanced, with a vibrant core of red fruits clad in a silky, luscious lining. A subtle textural chalkiness and fine... more
Generosity is the defining word for the 2009 Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc. Its aromatics encapsulate a broad spectrum of varietal flavours; tropical fragrances of guava and mango to
ripe lime/ citrus and sweet herbs. The palate also is juicy and voluminous, combining concentrated flavours with a... more
Scented and summery, the 2008 Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc has deliciously vibrant aromatics that infuse the tropical fragrance of fresh passionfruit and juicy pineapples with garden-fresh basil and the spiciness of crushed tomato leaves. The palate is long and succulent, combining exotic fruits with... more
Intensely fragrant with alluring aromas of dark plums and lifted hints of blueberry, layered
over spicy sandalwood and smoky bacon. The palate is succulent and flavoursome with dark fruits and toasty oak gently supported by plush tannins. The 2007 Cloudy Bay Pinot Noir has
the intensity delivered... more