Cloudy Bay Vineyards is located in the town of Blenheim in the Marlborough section of New Zealand. The winery produces two Sauvignon Blancs, a Chardonnay, a Pinot Noir, and a sparkling wine.
The 2011 Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc was 100% Sauvignon Blanc. The wine was aged in stainless steel tanks for 3 to 5 months. The label listed ABV was 13.5%.
The 21st of June 2012 was International Sauvignon Blanc day. For the occasion, I set out to find a suitable bottle for consumption. I couldn’t recall drinking a New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc, so I decided to give the Cloudy Bay a try.
We really do need more wine holidays.
Prior to tasting, the wine was chilled.
The aromas from the glass were few, but strong. Citrus was prominent, with grapefruit, in particular, being very pronounced. There was also a hint of almonds.
Once in the mouth, citrus again came to the forefront, lemon and grapefruit, big grapefruit, joined by sour apple and peach. There was an ever so slight sweetness to the wine. All that said, I didn’t care for the flavors this wine brought (it’s not you, Cloudy Bay, it’s me). They lacked cohesiveness.
The finish was medium with a nice, buttery texture to it.
I did not enjoy this bottle of wine. It isn’t the varietal. I have had Sauvignon Blanc from California, which I have enjoyed. The style in which this wine was made just wasn’t for me.
The 2011 Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc retails right around $25 to $30. That is pretty pricey for a SB. If I were looking for a Sauvignon Blanc, this wine would not be my first choice, or my second choice, or my third choice.