Cloudy Bay Te Koko Sauvignon Blanc 2015
Aromatically, the 2015 Cloudy Bay Te Koko Sauvignon Blanc unfolds with a complex array of citrus and stone fruit, complemented by exotic floral notes on the finish. Flavors of grapefruit and white nectarine displays a fresh counterpoint to the richer notes of lemon curd and beeswax. The palate is tightly focused with a taut entry, though the texture builds towards the finish. This palate shape can be attributed to barrel fermentation and time on lees. The finish is an amalgamation of nectarine, glacé fruit and a subtle smoky oak complexity. Floral characters linger in the background: jasmine, honeysuckle and pollen.
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Plenty of chamomile and beeswax here, with dried lemon pith, grassy and woody complexity. The palate has an assertive line of lemony acidity that holds long, amid gooseberries and green mangoes. Gently nutty notes to close. Drink now. Screw cap.
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.