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Cloudy Bay Chardonnay 2011

Chardonnay from Marlborough, New Zealand
  • WS91
14% ABV
  • RP91
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  • WS91
  • JS91
  • RP90
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Winemaker Notes

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 thread.

This 2011 Chardonnay 2011 is an ideal partner to richer foods such as steamed crab, grilled white fish and fresh egg noodle pasta.

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WS 91
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Nicely balanced between a creamy texture and crisp acidity, this offers fresh fruit flavors of lime, grapefruit, peach and melon, with spice and dried floral accents and a minerally edge on the finish. Drink now through 2020.
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Cloudy Bay

Cloudy Bay

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Cloudy Bay, , New Zealand
Cloudy Bay
Cloudy Bay’s story is one of vision, passion and perseverance.

In 1984 founder David Hohnen and his partner Kevin Judd were convinced of New Zealand wines’ great potential. They set up their winery in the then little-known Marlborough region; Cloudy Bay was born. Cloudy Bay’s Sauvignon Blanc was an immediate hit with wine lovers due to its unique striking aromatics and mineral wine profile.

It captured the essence of Marlborough and put Cloudy Bay on the international wine stage. Thirty years later, Cloudy Bay remains New Zealand’s most recognized winery. In line with David Hohnen’s visionary spirit, Cloudy Bay planted its first Pinot Noir in 1985 when the potential of the region for Pinot Noir was just starting to be realized. Good things take time, especially with Pinot Noir which is a very challenging varietal, and it wasn't until 1994 that Cloudy Bay released its first Pinot Noir wine.

Today Cloudy Bay Pinot Noir reflects many years of hard earned experience and the provenance of Cloudy Bay's unique collection of premium Pinot Noir vineyards.

Cloudy Bay winemaking philosophy is based on transmitting the interpretation of New Zealand wines and terroirs. The team is committed to producing 'wines of the region' and strives to enhance the pure, bracing flavors naturally afforded by the climate and soils of Marlborough and Central Otago.

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Associated with luxury, celebration, and romance, Champagne is home to the world’s most prized sparkling wine. In order to be labeled ‘Champagne’ within the EU and many New World countries, a wine must originate in this northeastern region of France and adhere to strict quality standards. Made up of the three towns Reims, Épernay, and Aÿ, it was here that the traditional method of sparkling wine production was both invented and perfected, birthing a winemaking technique as well as a flavor profile that is now emulated worldwide. Well-drained limestone chalk soil defines much of the region, lending a mineral component to the wines. The climate here is marginal—ample acidity is a requirement for sparkling wine, so overripe grapes are to be avoided. Weather differences from year to year create significant variation between vintages, and in order to maintain a consistent house style, non-vintage cuvées are produced annually from a blend of several years.

With nearly negligible exceptions, three varieties are permitted for use in Champagne: Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Meunier. These can be blended together or bottled varietally, depending on the final style of wine desired. Chardonnay, the only white variety, contributes freshness, delicacy, and elegance, as well as bright and lively acidity and notes of citrus, orchard fruit, and white flowers. Pinot Noir and its relative Pinot Meunier provide the backbone to many blends, adding structure, body, and supple red fruit flavors. Wines with a large proportion of Pinot Meunier will be ready to drink earlier, while Pinot Noir contributes to longevity. Whether it is white or rosé, most Champagne is made from a blend of red and white grapes—and uniquely, rosé is often produce by blending together red and white wine. A Champagne made exclusively from Chardonnay will be labeled as ‘blanc de blancs,’ while one comprised of only red grapes are called ‘blanc de noirs.’

SOU335268_2011 Item# 123311

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