It's no surprise to discover that this is one of the better examples of Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc from what was a fairly challenging vintage. Unlike many of its contemporaries, this wine does not have a hard acidity, although it is fair to say that the flavour profile has shifted slightly toward the cooler end of the spectrum with lime, grapefruit, lemongrass and red capsicum flavours. Good purity and power with a lengthy finish.
The 2017 Sauvignon Blanc may not go down as an all-time classic Cloudy Bay, but in a difficult vintage, the wine has turned out excellent. Hints of snow pea pods accent tropical fruit notes in a wine that is soft, round and harmonious, showing ample concentration and length despite the rain-plagued harvest. (JC)
Marlborough growers had to be on the ball in the vineyard in 2017, a challenging vintage that was wetter than usual. Senior winemaker Tim Heath describes this new release as fuller than 2016 in character, with more succulent fruit weight. Swirl your glass and the classic Marlborough Savvy aromas that made this wine so famous jump out at you: exuberant tropical stone fruit, lime and lemon. About 5% of the blend spent four months in oak with lees stirring, adding roundness and depth to a palate which combines fruit intensity with lively acidity. (AW)
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