2018 Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc

Year: 2018
Appellation: Marlborough
Country: New Zealand
Wine Spectator: 90
Wine Advocate: 92
James Suckling: 91
White Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 13.1%
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"Key lime, melon and mandarin orange flavors feature savory notes of saline and toasted herb that linger on the finish. Sleek and refreshing. Drink now. 45,000 cases imported. -MW " (WS)

"In another tricky vintage, the team at Cloudy Bay has turned out one of their best recent efforts. The 2018 Sauvignon Blanc boasts notes of gooseberries and pineapple up front, and shows lovely harmony and roundness on the palate. It's medium-bodied and easy to drink, with hints of nectarine and pink grapefruit joining in on the creamy-textured palate and long, silky finish.

There is absolutely no reason why Cloudy Bay shouldn't be at the absolute top of the Marlborough quality hierarchy. With the enormous resources of LVMH behind it and a legacy of past success, perhaps expectations are too high? There's no doubt the winery went through a phase when quality wasn't all it could've been, yet today, the wines looks just as good-and sometimes better-than ever. The 2018 Sauvignon Blanc is a reassuring return to form, despite a challenging vintage. "We had really ripe fruit, it just got tricky at the end," said Technical Director Jim White during my January visit. New developments include the release of a non-vintage Pelorus Rosé sparkling wine (I prefer the slightly drier, crisper regular bottling) and the coming of age of the company's Central Otago project. With the release of the 2016 vintage, the Te Wahi Pinot Noir shows something close to its true potential." (WA)

"This iconic Marlborough sauvignon is in full tropical-fruit mode in 2018, bursting with passion fruit and limes, as well as sweet melon and peaches. The palate is packed with flavor. Passion fruit and mango rule the finish. Drink now. Screw cap." (JS)

Winery Notes:
For its 34th vintage, Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc reaffirms its outstanding quality.

Cloudy Bay has built a reputation for refined, elegant Sauvignon Blanc and the 2018 vintage is no exception thanks to the stable weather during the harvest. Warm and dry conditions through December and cooler weather from January onwards allowed for more steady ripening.