2012 Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough
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+.
Sourced from several sub-regions of Marlborough's Wairau Valley, the 2012 growing season was marked by reduced yields (down 25%) and a cooler summer which saw grapes reach full maturity in the warm, extended autumn. This proved to be a good set of conditions for fresh and aromatic white wines such as this iconic bottling from Cloudy Bay. The 2012 Sauvignon Blanc shows lifted notes of elderflower, green lime zest, and stone fruit. The palate is ripe, fine and succulent, offering zesty ripe citrus flavors coupled with an edge of minerality and sweet herbs. A small barrel ferment component gives balancing flesh to the wine’s crisp refreshing acidity. 95 Raymond Chan "Bright, pale straw-yellow colour. The nose is full and voluminous, quite complete, with aromas of passionfruit, fresh herbs, gooseberries interwoven harmoniously and deeply concentrated. Dry to taste, subtly rich flavours of passionfruit and limes form an excellent core to the palate. The acidity is in beautiful balance and the flavours flow seamlessly, but with real energy and liveliness. 94 Wine Orbit "Each year Cloudy Bay delivers a convincing example, and this 2012 rendition is another gorgeous wine displaying peach, feijoa, lime zest and elegant herbaceous aromas. The palate is concentrated and nicely weighted with excellent vibrancy and structure, leading to an impressively long finish. At its best: now to 2017."