Cloudy Bay – Our Flag Bearer

20-Oct-2011
Despite the proliferation of Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc labels, only a small number are held with esteem or well-recognised internationally. Montana, now known as Brancott Estate has the most penetration and breadth, with Oyster Bay and Giesen also significant in this regard. Historically, Hunter's made one of the most significant breakthroughs, and is thus still loved world-wide, and especially in the U.K. But it is Cloudy Bay that can claim to be New Zealand's flag bearer. No other label has captured the imagination of so many markets, nor has any quite matched its return in dollar terms. The reason is uncompromising quality, and allied with a style of Loire-like restraint and class, one can see why Cloudy Bay reigns supreme. This review is of the latest releases, the Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2011, and the Cloudy Bay ‘Te Koko' 2008, the leader and indeed pioneer of the more sophisticated style of Sauvignon Blanc from Marlborough. www.cloudybay.co.nz

FEATURED WINES IN THIS REVIEW

  • Cloudy Bay Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2011

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