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 and sunshine levels experienced in 80 years. While this year’s vintage is scarce, Cloudy Bay winemaker Tim Heath says, “The flavours that I saw in our vineyards were some of the strongest I have seen in my 8 years at Cloudy Bay”.

To allow the public to fully appreciate this scarce yet outstanding vintage, Cloudy Bay is transforming The Foodstore, Viaduct Auckland into an aroma wine garden for two weeks from September 27th until October 11th. Created by New Zealand’s award winning garden guru Xanthe White, the Cloudy Bay Aroma Wine Garden will be a living outdoor aroma room -­‐ bringing to life the lime zest and sweet herb aromas found in the new vintage.

The first Cloudy Bay Sauvignon 2012 of the season officially goes on sale 1st October. Those able to make it to The Foodstore Cloudy Bay Aroma Wine Garden will be able to enjoy a glass of the vintage before anywhere else in the world from September 27th. Food TV’s Mark Southon will be serving a first of the season food pairing of crispy King Salmon belly with cucumber and wasabi mascarpone matched to a glass of Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2012, available to purchase for $21.

Cloudy Bay brand manager Rai Banbury says, “A lot of what we taste is actually due to smell. The Cloudy Bay Aroma Wine Garden will help people truly savour the scarce Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2012 vintage, which has the potential to be one of the most exciting wines Cloudy Bay has produced over the last 10 years”.