Cloudy Bay

Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc

8.977 ratings
9.06 pro ratings
Marlborough, South Island, New Zealand
Sauvignon Blanc
Top Notes For
Lyn Farmer

Water white in color. Pungent, intensely herbal nose with grapefruit, black currant leaf, grass, gooseberry, and asperagus - it’s a complete bouquet of green plants. Crisp acidity, mineral undertones but only a medium finish.

Water white in color. Pungent, intensely herbal nose with grapefruit, black currant leaf, grass, gooseberry, and asperagus - it’s a complete bouquet of green plants. Crisp acidity, mineral undertones but only a medium finish.

Aug 23rd, 2018
Bryce Wiatrak

Cloudy Bay's Sauvignon Blanc was the New Zealand shot heard around the wine world. Today, they still prove to be leaders with the grape. Drawn from the Wairau Valley, if you like Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc, it's hard not to be captivated by Cloudy Bay's. Explosive and beaming with its audacious greenness, the wine shouts of oregano, green pepper, thyme, tomato leaf, and most every other classic flavor you can associate with New Zealand SB. Cloudy Bay's still got it - and with the 2017 you can taste their mastery.

Cloudy Bay's Sauvignon Blanc was the New Zealand shot heard around the wine world. Today, they still prove to be leaders with the grape. Drawn from the Wairau Valley, if you like Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc, it's hard not to be captivated by Cloudy Bay's. Explosive and beaming with its audacious greenness, the wine shouts of oregano, green pepper, thyme, tomato leaf, and most every other classic flavor you can associate with New Zealand SB. Cloudy Bay's still got it - and with the 2017 you can taste their mastery.

May 3rd, 2018
Isaac Pirolo

Cloudy Bay’s 33rd vintage. I’ve been a fan since their 12th. In fact, their 1996 was my epiphany wine; it was THE bottle that started it all. Founded in 1985 by David Hohnen of Margaret River’s Cape Mentelle along with its first winemaker, Kevin Judd, who would go on to spend 25 years there before creating his own label, Greywacke. Judd is widely considered as the pioneer responsible for elevating New Zealand wine to its current status. Judd also happens to be one of the best wine photographers in the world (I highly recommend his ‘The Landscape of New Zealand Wine’). Cloudy Bay was acquired by LVMH (Louis Vuitton Möet Hennessy) in 2003. Production of the 2017 vintage was down due to Cyclone Debbie. All fruit that was not harvested prior to the storm was discarded. Lime oil and white grapefruit combine with lemongrass and apricot, and will have you bracing for a razor sharp acidity to come, but what follows is superb balance. There’s a ping of acidity that’s just enough, which allows the flavors to linger just a little longer than usual. Still a fan.

Cloudy Bay’s 33rd vintage. I’ve been a fan since their 12th. In fact, their 1996 was my epiphany wine; it was THE bottle that started it all. Founded in 1985 by David Hohnen of Margaret River’s Cape Mentelle along with its first winemaker, Kevin Judd, who would go on to spend 25 years there before creating his own label, Greywacke. Judd is widely considered as the pioneer responsible for elevating New Zealand wine to its current status. Judd also happens to be one of the best wine photographers in the world (I highly recommend his ‘The Landscape of New Zealand Wine’). Cloudy Bay was acquired by LVMH (Louis Vuitton Möet Hennessy) in 2003. Production of the 2017 vintage was down due to Cyclone Debbie. All fruit that was not harvested prior to the storm was discarded. Lime oil and white grapefruit combine with lemongrass and apricot, and will have you bracing for a razor sharp acidity to come, but what follows is superb balance. There’s a ping of acidity that’s just enough, which allows the flavors to linger just a little longer than usual. Still a fan.

Jan 26th, 2018
Weijie Shi (Jay)

Fresh cut green class, celery, cucumber and slight smokiness. Lots of passion fruit and pineapple. Classic!

Fresh cut green class, celery, cucumber and slight smokiness. Lots of passion fruit and pineapple. Classic!

Jan 5th, 2018
Isaac Pirolo

90° at 7pm calls for mouth-puckering, lime and peach tinged, fresh and crisp, racy and mineral driven Sauvignon Blanc... in the pool.

90° at 7pm calls for mouth-puckering, lime and peach tinged, fresh and crisp, racy and mineral driven Sauvignon Blanc... in the pool.

1 person found it helpfulMay 29th, 2018
Cassondra Bird Combs

Green, bright minerality, crisp

Green, bright minerality, crisp

1 person found it helpfulDec 10th, 2017
Casey @ Travelling Corkscrew

If you haven’t tried an NZ Sauv Blanc recently, I suggest you get this Cloudy Bay 2017 in your glass. I feel like, especially here in Aussie that Kiwi Sauv gets a bit of a bad rep at times, my advice - don’t be quick to judge as there’s so many goodies coming out of my home country at the moment like this beauty that will age quite well over the next couple of years.

The grapes for this Sauv are grown in Marlborough (top of the South Island). Cyclone Debbie hit NZ during harvest which meant a number of grapes were lost and therefore less Sauvy B made for the 2017 vintage.

I couldn’t resist matching this tipple to some good old fish’n’chips - it felt like a bit of home!

On the eye it’s a lemon colour with a slight lime hint. The nose is herbaceous with minerality, lemon zest and nectarine alongside banana passion fruit. The palate is smooth and approachable with refreshing apple and tropical notes alongside a hint of lemongrass. A great accompaniment to fish’n’chips night!

All opinions are based on my own taste buds. Wine is subjective & always evolving, so make sure you drink what you enjoy! #sample #tcweekdaywine
#tctastingnotes

If you haven’t tried an NZ Sauv Blanc recently, I suggest you get this Cloudy Bay 2017 in your glass. I feel like, especially here in Aussie that Kiwi Sauv gets a bit of a bad rep at times, my advice - don’t be quick to judge as there’s so many goodies coming out of my home country at the moment like this beauty that will age quite well over the next couple of years.

The grapes for this Sauv are grown in Marlborough (top of the South Island). Cyclone Debbie hit NZ during harvest which meant a number of grapes were lost and therefore less Sauvy B made for the 2017 vintage.

I couldn’t resist matching this tipple to some good old fish’n’chips - it felt like a bit of home!

On the eye it’s a lemon colour with a slight lime hint. The nose is herbaceous with minerality, lemon zest and nectarine alongside banana passion fruit. The palate is smooth and approachable with refreshing apple and tropical notes alongside a hint of lemongrass. A great accompaniment to fish’n’chips night!

All opinions are based on my own taste buds. Wine is subjective & always evolving, so make sure you drink what you enjoy! #sample #tcweekdaywine
#tctastingnotes

Oct 30th, 2017
Dmitry Muzychak

Выпито в Пересмешнике 18.10.19 с сыром Манчего. Очень фруктовое, очень нежное. 2017 год явно заслуживает более высокой оценки социума. Мое.

Выпито в Пересмешнике 18.10.19 с сыром Манчего. Очень фруктовое, очень нежное. 2017 год явно заслуживает более высокой оценки социума. Мое.

Oct 18th, 2019
Jon Preece

Very pungent nose of grapefruit peel and Parmesan cheese rind. Tart on the palate with grassy overtones.

Very pungent nose of grapefruit peel and Parmesan cheese rind. Tart on the palate with grassy overtones.

Apr 3rd, 2019
Michael Coscetta

Consistently good, year after year.

Consistently good, year after year.

Dec 26th, 2018