2020 Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough

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Wine Critic Reviews for 2020 Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough

Classic, pungent, herbaceous bouquet of pink grapefruit, tropical fruit, apple and fresh herbs. Equally urgent on the palate, with high acidity and flavours of passion fruit, pineapple, lemon, basil, white peach, flowers, hay and stony minerality. Delicious, fresh, crunchy texture and a lengthy finish. Drinking Window 2021 - 2026.

Decanter | 94 DEC
Vibrant and intense, a mouthwatering mix of lemon meringue, ruby grapefruit, lime sherbet and dried pineapple notes that leap out the glass with equally intense aromatics. A hint of lemon verbena and dried ginger linger on the finish. Drink now. 75,000 cases imported.

Wine Spectator | 93 WS
A fresh, creamy-textured white with lots of freshness and lovely pear and green-apple character. Some white pineapple. It’s medium-bodied with crisp acidity and a flavorful finish. Less herbs and more clean, ripe fruit. Drink now. Screw cap.

James Suckling | 92 JS
Delightfully textured and smooth with balanced yet mouthwatering acidity, this wine veers into the green hedgerow spectrum of Sauvignon; think nettles and elderflowers rather than flamboyant tropical fruits. That said, there's a subtle flavor of passion fruit running through this wine. Midweight with some decent concentration, it offers nice grip on the medium-plus-length finish. Don't chill the hell out of this or you'll miss the best bits. I've given a drinking window of 2020–2025 but having tasted a delightful 14-year-old Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc that tastes like a mature Sémillon, I can say that you’re not in any danger if you leave it longer.

Vinous Media | 91 VM

More Information
Vintage 2020
Color White
Country New Zealand
Producer Cloudy Bay
Rating 94 DEC
Region New Zealand: Shaped by the country's maritime climate, narrow oval contour and the mountainous spine that runs through its core, the wine produced here is interestingly diverse and delicious. New Zealand is positioned at mercy of the Tasmanian sea to the west where vineyards are rarely positioned due to the winds that hit these coasts. Thankfully, the main winemaking regions are protected by the mountains and happily produce a number of both white and red grapes. Out of the ten regions spread across New Zealand, Marlborough is the eminent one, known widely for its lavish, focused, herbal whites made from Sauvignon Blanc. The South, characterized by cooler, harsher climate provides a lovely environment where Pinot Gris, Riesling and Gewurztraminer thrive, offering complex and highly aromatic bottles each year. To the North, Bordeaux blends and Syrah have made themselves at home in the warmer parts of the Island, while Central Otago remarkably produces excellent vintages out of dark, luscious and brooding Pinot Noir, known worldwide for its depth and density.
Type of Wine New Zealand White: Great wines don't only come from Europe. New Zealand has some splendid white wines to offer to the world, based on different grape varietals. Sauvignon Blanc is undoubtedly one of the most commonly planted variety, but you can also stumble upon some sweet Pinot Gris, acidic Chardonnay, and even German Riesling, with its wide range of fruity flavors.
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Varietal Sauvignon Blanc: This green-skinned wonder-varietal is one of the most represented white wine grapes in Bordeaux, and that fact alone gives it all the credibility you could ask for. Sauvignon Blanc is used for dessert wines and makes an excellent standalone varietal bottle. It's known as one of only a few wines in the whole world that can perfectly complement a plate of sushi. Outside of France, you can expect to encounter this varietal in Chile, Romania, Australia, Washington, California, and many other locations.
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