Cloudy Bay Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2016 $36 ★★★★½

This new vintage of what’s become an Antipodean icon, has all the hallmarks of becoming another stunner. I say ‘becoming’ because despite this wine already boasting punchy basil, sweet pea, passionfruit and crunchy-fresh citrus and floral characters – I personally really love drinking this wine in the height of summer, a few months on from […]

Cloudy Bay Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2015

Cloudy Bay Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2015 $35 ★★★★ If you close your eyes and someone pours this into a glass there’s no way you could mistake the “Marlboroughness” of it.  Soft grassy goodness, sweet basil, red capsicum, sugar-snap pea and lemongrass saturate the nose and osmose through onto the palate.  This 2015 vintage is softer […]

Cloudy Bay 30 Years 2015

Published NZME Regional Newspapers Sat 10 Oct 2015   In 1985 about this time, I was sitting in a movie theatre watching Michael J Fox as Marty McFly travel via his silver DeLorean thirty years into the future, to 2015. 1985 was when our family moved from Takapau to the big smoke of Hastings and […]

Pinot Trail Tales…

Cloudy Bay’s winemaker Nick Lane is racing around the country hosting the Cloudy Bay Pinot and Duck Trail, a series of events designed to showcase how pinot noir and duck dishes are a match made in heaven. Today he’s at Auckland’s Sapphire Room where three of the best chefs in town are preparing duck-centric dishes […]

Cloudy Bay Marlborough Pinot Noir 2013

Cloudy Bay Marlborough Pinot Noir 2013 $47 ★★★★ The clay-based, alluvial gravels of Marlborough’s southern valleys provide the fuel for the vines charged with producing this powerhouse pinot. It bursts with black cherry, plum, black tea and smoky spices on the nose, followed by a saucy, fruit-soaked palate and a long, lingering finish. It’s youthful, […]

Decades of Dogs…

Last week I wrote about everything being better in two’s and how fun it is to taste two different vintages of the same wine side by side to pick out the differences. Well if the team at Dog Point in Marlborough didn’t just decide to dial that idea up by 500% and open up ten […]

New Sauvignon Sensations

Last August was the 40th anniversary of the very first grape vines to be planted in Marlborough’s Brancott Valley. More than 1100ha were planted (by hand and by the sight of a rifle to ensure straight rows) in a smorgasbord of varieties, including riesling sylvaner, cabernet sauvignon, pinot noir and one nobody had really heard […]

Pinot at Cloudy Bay and Pinot to Ponder…

After more than ten years of trying without success to get a seat at the annual Pinot at Cloudy Bay event I was beginning to think it was just my destiny to forever fail.  The first year I was about to pop my cheque in the post when the phone rang.  “Congratulations, you’re pregnant,” announced […]

Cloudy Bay Aroma Wine Garden Created to Savour Scarce Vintage

The 2012 Sauvignon Blanc is classic Cloudy Bay. Lifted and punchy aromatics presented in an elegant and sophisticated fashion, the 2012 vintage has great balance and poise, showing a delicious core of lime-­‐citrus flavour and a fresh, crisp acid structure. 25% less Sauvignon Blanc was produced in Marlborough this year due to the lowest temperature […]

Cloudy Bay Marlborough Chardonnay 2008

Cloudy Bay Marlborough Chardonnay 2008 $35  Golden and glossy, this wine boasts layers of white peach, tangelo and grapefruit pith aromas which are so enticing it’s quite tricky actually wrenching your nose away so you can actually put it in your mouth!  But it’s worth it because this chardonnay has succulent stonefruit and creamy, nutty, […]

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