Cloudy Bay Te Koko Sauvignon Blanc 2016
Wine Spectator: "Distinctive and complex. Honeysuckle, beeswax and candied ginger notes add complexity to the pear, yuzu and tangerine flavors at the core. Spicy and crisp on the finish. Shows impressive harmony and intensity. Drink now." Sep 2020
Antonio Galloni's Vinous: "In recent years, Cloudy Bay has curbed its enthusiasm when it comes to making Te Koko, and that's a good thing. New oak has fallen to around 10%, as has the ratio that undergoes malolactic conversion (between 1996 and 2009, this cuvée was 100% mlf). Round and supple, this offers tangy notes of fresh black currant, white flowers, nettles and subtle passion fruit. Balanced yet linear acidity provides length and purpose on the fragrant, drawn-out finish. A couple of years in bottle has allowed the components to harmonize; this is drinking beautifully now but will hold. Drinking window: 2020-2025." Nov 2020
James Suckling: "Barrel-fermented character and complex aromas of beeswax, limes and preserved lemons lead to a palate that has assertive acidity cut and a juicy, vibrant and lively, fresh finish. Drink now. Screw cap". Aug 2019
Winery: "Cloudy Bay Te Koko is a vibrant and aromatic barrel-fermented Sauvignon Blanc. With this wine Cloudy Bay broke the winemaking rules to create a unique and sophisticated style of New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc made by wild fermentation and aging in old French oak.
Aromatically, the wine unfolds with a complex array of citrus and stone fruit, complemented by exotic floral notes on the finish. Flavors of grapefruit and white nectarine displays a fresh counterpoint to the richer notes of lemon curd and beeswax. The palate is tightly focused with a taut entry, though the texture builds towards the finish. This palate shape can be attributed to barrel fermentation and time on lees. The finish is an amalgamation of nectarine, glacé fruit and a subtle smoky oak complexity. Floral characters linger in the background: jasmine, honeysuckle and pollen."
|Varietal||100% Sauvignon Blanc|
|Region||Marlborough, New Zealand|