Cloudy Bay Winery

Cloudy Bay Vineyards is a winery in the Marlborough region of New Zealand. The winery is primarily noted for its Sauvignon blanc wines, and have played an important pioneering role in establishing New Zealand's and Marlborough's reputation. Cloudy Bay's first commercial vintage was produced in 1985 from purchased grapes, and the company later planted its own vineyards. It was one of the first New Zealand wines to be widely exported and came to attention because its fruit-forward style and very pronounced varietal character. The classic French Sauvignon blancs from Sancerre and Pouilly-Fumé from the Loire Valley were typically more restrained and austere in comparison, and with higher acid levels.

Cloudy Bay winery was established in 1985 by David Hohnen, the founder of Margaret River winery Cape Mentelle Vineyards. Cloudy Bay's 140 hectares (350 acres) of vineyards are located at three sites in the winegrowing region of Marlborough, including areas close to the bay for which they are named. The region is noted for its production of Sauvignon blanc wines. The vines are planted on deep alluvial gravels. Five long-term contract growers also work closely with Cloudy Bay.

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Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2018
91  James Suckling 
James Suckling 91 This iconic Marlborough sauvignon is in full tropical-fruit mode in 2018, bursting with passion fruit and limes, as well as sweet melon and peaches. The palate is packed with flavor. Passion fruit and mango rule the finish. Drink now. Winemaker Notes This Sauvignon Blanc is
Item Number: 32181
Case: $311.40

Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2017
" Cloudy Bay has built a reputation for refined, elegant Sauvignon Blanc, and the 2017 vintage is no exception despite critical harvest conditions: lower quantities to meet high quality standards. Bright, lifted citrus aromatics of kaffir lime and grapefruit abound, supported by ripe nectarine-like

Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2016
A vibrant mix of Kaffir lime, lemon zest, and nectarine aromatics intermingle with the bright perfume of orange blossom.Brimming with bright citrus and stone fruit flavors that are framed by sleek and succulent acid.-winery notes.

Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2015
Brigh, focuses citrus aromatics of grapefruit and kafir lime abound, supported by subtle tropical notes. A silky concentrated palate reveals ripe, juicy stone fruit and lemongrass, supported by a subtle minerality.

Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2014
93  Wine Spectator 
Wine Spectator 93 Top 100 Wines of 2015, Rank: 21 "Stylish and generous, exhibiting a complex array of flavors, from white grapefruit and lemon curd to candied ginger, lemon verbena, honeysuckle and lime zest. Achieves elegance, power and refreshment in lovely harmony. Drink now."  " Our 2014

Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2013
"Zesty lime and grapefruit aromas are the first to emerge from the nose of our 2013 sauvignon blanc, followed by nectarine and lemongrass tones. The palate is fresh and focused with ripe citrus, stonefruit, fennel and mineral notes lingering on the persistent finish. Our sauvignon blanc is a

Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2012
"The 2012 Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc shows lifted notes of elderflower,green lime zest and stone fruit.The palate is ripe,fine and succulent, offering lively ripe citrus flavors coupled with an edge of minerality and sweet herbs. A classic wine from an outstanding season." ~ winemaker notes

Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2007
 "Mouth-watering aromas of passionfruit and lemongrass led with the spiciness of just-picked tomatoes tossed with fresh basil. Many small parcels of fruit, ripened under ideal conditions, bring layers of complexity to the 2006 Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc. The palate has exceptional richness, with

Cloudy Bay Pinot Noir 2006
90  Robert Parker 
Robert Parker 90 "The 2006 Pinot Noir has a lovely nose with superb delineation: black cherries, talcum, plum and a touch of violets (far superior to the somewhat disappointing 2005). The palate is medium-bodied, very well-balanced with very good acidity. There is a natural quality to this wine, a

Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2011
91  Wine Spectator 
Wine Spectator 91 "Focused and pure, offering a tangy expression of balanced lemon, white peach, tangerine, passion fruit, melon and  green tea notes. This is powerful in its persistence and juiciness, yet maintains an air of elegance. Drink now. 30,000  cases imported."  " Pale straw green in