2012 Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough (Elsewhere $30)
After all these years, Cloudy Bay has still got it. It's encouraging to know that the brand is not merely resting on its laurels. Beautifully harmonious sauvignon blanc with a mix of grapefruit, gooseberry and capsicum contrasting with riper tropical and tree fruit characters while the acidity and sweetness are perfectly balanced. The net effect is of an elegant and moderately complex wine that delivers power with great subtlety." (Gourmet Traveller Magazine)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2012 Sauvignon Blanc opens with intense grapefruit, passion fruit and green mango notes and touches of pineapple and fresh sage. Medium-bodied with a fair amount of viscosity to the texture, it has lively acid and a long finish. Drinking well now, it should keep to 2014+. (LPB)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Pale, bright yellow. Lemon, gooseberry, green pepper, caraway seed and a hint of asparagus on the nose. Then round, silky and horizontal, with mouthfilling flavors of green tropical fruits and fresh herbs. Not the most intense vintage for this bottling but supple and alive. Finishes with very good length and lift.
Marked by intensity, precision and focus, this delivers peppery details to the juicy lemon, apple and lime zest notes supported by a crisp frame. Offers a refreshing finish. Drink now. Tasted twice, with consistent notes. 40,000 cases imported.