Current Tasting Notes
Our 2012 Sauvignon Blanc shows lifted notes of elderflower, green lime zest, and stone fruit. The palate is ripe, fine and succulent, offering zesty ripe citrus flavours coupled with an edge of minerality and sweet herbs. A small barrel ferment component gives balancing flesh to the wine’s crisp refreshing acidity. A classic wine from an outstanding season.
Grapes were sourced from estate and grower vineyards located in the Rapaura, Fairhall, Renwick and Brancott sub-regions of the Wairau Valley. Free draining, stony soils typify the Rapaura and Renwick areas whilst Fairhall and Brancott are predominantly aged alluvial loams containing some clay. The majority of fruit was grown on a vertical shoot positioned (VSP) trellis with three canes laid down. In 2012, average sauvignon blanc yields were 7 tonnes/hectare.
Our Sauvignon Blanc harvest commenced on the 14th of March under cool, yet settled Autumn conditions. Consistent with years past the first fruit was harvested from the stonier, young river bed soils in the Rapaura and Renwick subregions. Our Sauvignon Blanc harvest was quick and
compact, lasting only three weeks, meaning all fruit had a long “hang-time” resulting in
excellent flavour development. The final block was harvested on the 2nd of May. Despite the cool season, naturally low yields ensured that all fruit was harvested with excellent physiological maturity and ripeness, producing fruit with outstanding flavour and balance. The 2012 harvest was down by 25%.
Fruit was harvested over a range of 21.9 to 23.8 Bx during the cool of the night and early morning. Free-run and lightly pressed juice was cold settled for 48-96 hours, before racking over a range of low to high turbidities. Fermentation was primarily carried out in stainless steel, however consistent with the last two years and some of the early Cloudy Bay vintages, a small percentage was fermented at warmer temperatures in old French oak barriques. Despite lower than target yields, the wine was stringently blended, including only the strongest 54 batches from a total of 69
Gourmet Traveller Wine, March 2013
“After all these years, Cloudy Bay has still got it. It’s encouraging to know that the brand is not merely resting on its laurels. Beautifully harmonious sauvignon blanc with a mix of grapefruit, gooseberry and capsicum contrasting with riper tropical and tree fruit characters while the acidity and sweetness are perfectly balanced. The net effect is of an elegant and moderately complex wine that delivers power with great subtlety.” - Bob Campbell MW