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Cloudy Bay was established by David Hohnen, of Cape Mentelle fame, in 1985. Cloudy Bay takes its name from a bay at the northern tip of the South Island named by Captain Cook in 1770.
Cloudy Bay now has 60 hectares of vineyards planted with Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Pinot Noir. Cloudy Bay also sources grapes from elsewhere in the Marlborough region.
Cloudy Bay's staggering success can be attributed to its groundbreaking Sauvignon Blanc, as well as its distinctive labels, which reflect the skyline of the nearby Richmond Ranges. It is now owned by Veuve Clicquot.
The style of pinot that Cloudy Bay have set themselves up around is a bold, brassy and assertively oaked style but the bold and ripe brambly dark cherry fruits are up to the task. Then there's gentle citrus peel along with earth, spices and herbs. The tannins are strong but smooth, and there's plenty of freshness and energy on the palate. Flavoursome dark cherry fruits run deep. James Suckling - jamessuckling.com - March 2015
Bottle 6 x 75cl
The 2013 Chardonnay is quite a butterball of a style with rich buttered toast and ripe melon notes over a core of baked pineapple, guava and mango. The medium-bodied palate has a racy acid line to cut through the abundance of fruit and richness before finishing with great persistence. Wine Advocate - Dec 2014
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As always with Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc, the aromatics are explosive. Grapefruit, greengage, passion fruit, asparagus, elderflower, mineral hints…the list could go and on and on. It is the addition weight that sets this wine apart however, a richness which allows it to really excel with food in a way which lesser Sauvignons cannot. Racy and vibrant, there is bags of cleansing acidity here and a focus which is reminiscent of fine Riesling. Ben Upjohn - Fine Wine Sales Manager As always with Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc, the aromatics are explosive. Grapefruit, greengage, passion fruit, asparagus, elderflower, mineral hints… the list could go and on and on. It is the addition weight that sets this wine apart however, a richness which allows it to really excel with food in a way which lesser Sauvignons cannot. Racy and vibrant, there is bags of cleansing acidity here and a focus which is reminiscent of fine Riesling. Ben Upjohn, Fine Wine Sales Manager
2012 was a cool vintage for the Marlborough region, this is evident in the crisp, well defined fruit characters on show here. Elegant and pure, with flavours of cherry and raspberry, hints of liquorice and herbs on the finish. Velvety tannins with just a hint of oak intertwined with the fruit. There’s much to admire here, a very fine New World Pinot Noir. Martyn Rolph - Private Account Manager
As always with Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc, it is open and expressive straight from the off. Gooseberry, grapefruit, greengage, asparagus, elderflower… so pure with great minerality. It is the palate weight and texture that sets this wine apart. It is rich and creamy and stands up beautifully with food. So fresh and pure – will drink well now but well worth aging! Beautiful length. Gareth Birchley - Wine Buyer Fresh lifted gooseberry, lemongrass notes alongside a graphite rock, mineral note that ties down the aromatics from becoming too pungent. As always it is the medium bodied smooth palate with its textural feel, pithy tannin at the back and with great acidity that sets it apart from other Sauvignon blanc wines. A silky and vibrant finish that offers a persistent finish. Drink from 2016 to 2020+. Stuart Rae - Private Account Manager