01 October 2018

Cloudy Bay Releases its Sauvignon Blanc 2018

Blenheim, New Zealand, 01.10.2018

Cloudy Bay releases its 2018 Sauvignon Blanc, a vibrant and mouthwatering wine with notes of citrus, kaffir lime, passionfruit and white stone fruit. The Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc vineyards are located in the heart of the Wairau Valley in Marlborough, centered around the Cloudy Bay winery itself.

The 2018 growing season began in fine style, with settled conditions and no frost, leading to an early budburst and successful flowering. Warm and dry conditions through December encouraged flourishing canopy growth and good potential crop levels, and - while there were rain events during the latter part of the season - diligent work in the vineyards ensured that fruit was of optimum quality and brought into the winery in excellent condition.

Jim White, Technical Director of Cloudy Bay said: "In 2018, we have made a wine that tells the story of our vineyards, our culture and that quality of our fruit. There are challenges in any year, but we have learned over many years that focus in the vineyard is the key to a delicious wine."

In 2018, Cloudy Bay became foundation members of Appellation Marlborough Wine, an organization designed to protect the integrity, authenticity and brand value of wines produced in Marlborough. Sauvignon made under the AMW banner must be 100% from Marlborough, be made from lower-yielding vines, and be made and bottled in New Zealand.

Cloudy Bay's 2018 Sauvignon Blanc is Appellation Marlborough Wine certified.

Yang Shen, Cloudy Bay Estate Director and committee member of AMW said, "Cloudy Bay is proud to be part of this movement, and believe it is an important step towards ensuring that quality remains at the heart of Marlborough winemaking and in guaranteeing Marlborough's reputation for years to come."

About Cloudy Bay

Cloudy Bay was established in 1985 by David Hohnen, a pioneer and visionary, who was convinced of New Zealand wines' great potential. The winery was among the first five to be established in Marlborough, the country's finest wine region, and is now highly regarded for the superlative quality and consistency of its wines. Thirty years later, Cloudy Bay remains New Zealand's most recognized winery. Sauvignon Blanc is the Estate's flagship grape variety. Cloudy Bay also produces a Chardonnay, a Pinot Noir and a sparkling wine, Pelorus.

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Kat Mason
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