During certain parts of the summer, the weather can heat up quite a bit and implore you to enjoy something smooth, refreshing and cold. Today, we have the opportunity to profile a delicious white wine from Cloudy Bay, and that is their 2013 Sauvignon Blanc.
The grapes the vineyard uses are actually brought in from a slew of other locations throughout the Wairau Valley, which is located near Auckland, New Zealand. The growers that Cloudy Bay gets the grapes for the Sauvignon Blanc are from Rapaura, Fairhall, Brancoott and Renwick.
Auckland is actually a land that is pretty much located at sea level, with the highest point in the area being 643 feet. The style in which the grapes are grown is a format called VSP, or vertical shoot positioning. This trellis system is fairly common and the shoots are created upward "in a vertical, narrow curtain with the fruiting zone below." While the system can be comprised of four to six levels of wire, the fruit itself usually hangs about a yard off of the ground. You can read more on the VSP process in the link above.
Cloudy Bay's Sauvignon Blanc is a refreshing libation for anyone to enjoy during the summer. It's initial hint of aroma yields a majority scent of lime above all others. Also detectable were some notes of lemon, but again, the lime is what dominated the aroma.
The taste and sample I had was a delightful, refreshing citrus presentation that sat wonderfully on the palate. At times, you can have a Sauvignon Blanc that is too fruity or even overbearing, but the 2013 Sauvignon Blanc was neither. The after effects of the taste left a nice sensation and dare I say again, it was refreshing. It's something that is key when looking for a nice summer wine and Cloudy Bay's Sauvignon Blanc has it.
There were a variety of food pairings that we tried and enjoyed the Sauvignon Blanc with. While Asian food is always a great choice for just about any white wine, chicken dishes are also nice, especially a chicken pasta that features a lighter sauce. When you look at what Cloudy Bay's Sauvignon Blanc brings to the table, it's a refreshing, relieving and reviving white that you'll enjoy.