For those who have not been exposed to the wines of New Zealand’s Cloudy Bay you are missing a real treat, especially for those white wine lovers. Cloudy Bay’s Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay are superb.
Last Thursday Cloudy Bay enamored Los Angeles with a launch party showing off the 2013 Sauvignon Blanc, which will be released on October 1, 2013. The event took place in the hills of Beverly Hills. The private secluded setting surrounded by Palm trees offered magnificent views of the Los Angeles skyline; a perfect fit for showcasing the wines, especially the crisp refreshing whites that seem befitting to a balmy Los Angeles day.
In the United States Cloudy Bay is known for their Sauvignon Blancs and internationally this happens to be their most popular wine. After drinking this wine one will definitely see why this wine is such a hit for Cloudy Bay.
The Sauvignon Blanc displayed a grassy aroma yet the wine was crisp refreshing with flavors of citrus and a hint of spice. One does not detect the grassy aromas in the flavors of the wine. There is a texture to the wine that really makes the wine stand out. The wine is fermented primarily in stainless steel with a small percentage fermented in old oak barrels at a warmer temperature.
Cloudy Bay also makes Chardonnay and soon to be released for the first time in the United States, Pinot Noir.
The 2011 Chardonnay is created in the Burgundian style and is very refreshing with a nice balance of acid and minerality. One immediately tastes citrus but it gives way to stonefruit. For a Chardonnay this wine is very complex with texture and body. Winemaker Tim Heath describes the wine as “ fresh and lively”. There is no question that this wine fits Heath’s description.
Cloudy Bay features another Sauvignon Blanc called Te Koko. This 2010 is a fuller and creamier wine compared to the 2013 Sauvignon Blanc. The wine has more oak flavors because it is barrel aged. It is more typical of the Sauvignon Blancs you would find in the Santa Ynez.
Cloudy Bay offers two Pinot Noirs. The 2011 Pinot Noir is a lighter more delicate wine. It exudes red and black fruits especially berries with a slight hint of pepper on the finish. This wine would be considered more feminine. The 2010 Te Wahi is a more masculine fuller bodied Pinot Noir with hints of dark berries. This wine is a more complex with layers of spice as compared to the 2011 Pinot Noir.
One cannot go wrong with any of the wines from Cloudy Bay. You own palate will decide which wines are your favorites.
Cloudy Bay is an excellent representation of what New Zealand has to offer in wines.
As Cloudy Bay’s website says, “ Naturally vibrant, preciously shared”, which is an accurate statement of what one has to look forward to when sipping the wines from Cloudy Bay.
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