12 October 2015

Sauvignon Blanc 2015 – The 30th Anniversary vintage

In 1985, Cloudy Bay released its first Sauvignon Blanc. Thirty years on, as we launch our flagship wine’s 30th Anniversary vintage, we maintain the same innovative spirit, devotion to quality and consistency that generated our success in that first year. 

With the 2015 season providing one of the driest summers on record and an official drought declared in Marlborough, the Cloudy Bay team watched the weather with baited breath, waiting for even a hint of rain.  Just as our team had, years before,  triumphed over the drought-like conditions of 1998 and 2001, we succeeded in producing a fresh and vibrant 2015 sauvignon blanc.  

The growing season kicked off with a cool, dry start while frosts threatened the vines right up until flowering. Having been relatively unaffected by these frosts, a cool mid-November to mid-December period disrupted flowering, leading to smaller crops than the previous vintage.  Viticulturist Jim White explains that, “the cool temperatures in late spring during the flowering season caused fewer bunches to set.  As a result, we were down 15% on our targeted yield.”  The weather took a turn for the better however; from mid-December; above average temperatures in January and low crops, coupled with the driest growing season on record, lead to early ripening and exceptional fruit quality. 

Marlborough has long secured a name for itself in producing distinctive and refreshing Sauvignon Blanc and Cloudy Bay has proudly retained a place at the forefront. ‘‘The 2015 vintage of Cloudy Bay’s flagship wine is another excellent example of our 30-year history of premium wine’’ says Senior Winemaker Tim Heath. “The 2015 Sauvignon Blanc is intense, concentrated and focused  with mouthwatering acidity that gives structure and textural intrigue to the palate.”