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2016 Cloudy Bay Te Koko Sauvignon Blanc (Screwcap)

Light capsule condition issue

Removed from a professional wine storage facility; Purchased upon release; Consignor is original owner

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RATINGS

93Wine Spectator

Distinctive and complex. Honeysuckle, beeswax and candied ginger notes add complexity to the pear, yuzu and tangerine flavors at the core. Spicy and crisp on the finish. Shows impressive harmony and intensity.

93Vinous / IWC

Round and supple, this offers tangy notes of fresh black currant, white flowers, nettles and subtle passion fruit. Balanced yet linear acidity provides length and purpose on the fragrant, drawn-out finish.

93James Suckling

Barrel-fermented character and complex aromas of beeswax, limes and preserved lemons lead to a palate that has assertive acidity cut and a juicy, vibrant and lively, fresh finish.

91The Wine Advocate

...scents of pencil shavings and citrus fruit on the nose, while the medium-bodied palate features a silky texture allied to bright acidity that calls to mind certain well-made Pessac-Léognan whites.

REGION

New Zealand, Marlborough

Marlborough is New Zealand’s most important wine region. With about 56,834 acres of vineyards it produces 75% of all the wine made in New Zealand. Located on the north end of South Island, the region enjoys many hours of sunshine per year, moderate daytime temperatures, low rainfall and cool evenings, all of which make for intensely flavored wine grapes. The stony, well-draining, fertile soil comes from ancient glaciers. Farmers planted vineyards in Marlborough as early as 1873, but wine making was sporadic and mostly targeted toward the bulk wine market until the 1970s, when the region’s potential for winemaking was fully understood. Today it is one of the fastest growing wine producing regions in the world, with new estates opening regularly. Sauvignon Blanc is king here, and about 85% of the region’s vineyards are planted to Sauvignon Blanc. Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc burst on the international scene in the mid-1980s, when Sauvignon Blancs produced by Cloudy Bay began earning international acclaim. (Ironically, the winery takes its name from the nearby bay, which was named “Cloudy Bay” in 1770 by Captain Cook, who deemed it murky and inhospitable.) Pinot Noir is the second most planted grape in Marlborough, followed by Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Riesling, Gewürztraminer and Viognier.

TYPE

White Wine, Sauvignon Blanc

This crisp, dry white wine hails from France but is grown in wine regions around the world. In California, it is sometimes called Fume Blanc; while in Sauternes, it is a component of their famous dessert wines.