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 Vintage2011 Label 24 of 47 
(NOTE: Label borrowed from 2008 vintage.)
ProducerCloudy Bay (web)
VarietySauvignon Blanc
CountryNew Zealand
RegionSouth Island
UPC Code(s)081753809423

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2011 and 2013 (based on 19 user opinions)
Wine Market Journal quarterly auction price: See Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc on the Wine Market Journal.

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 88.5 pts. and median of 89 pts. in 244 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by Collector1855 on 7/5/2014 & rated 90 points: Greenish yellow. Expressive nose of the tell-tale grassy, lime, mineralic Sauvignon Blanc style that NZ is so famous for. A bit one dimensional but nice to drink overall. (2503 views)
 Tasted by pudding on 5/10/2014 & rated 90 points: This is very fruity on the nose. the acidity is quite strong, better to pair with food (2204 views)
 Tasted by avp on 4/6/2014: A bit reticent nose with currant leaf to lemon, melon and slight passion fruit richness.
Dry, balanced and creamy with zesty lemon bite, floral touches and gooseberries. Surprisingly long finish.
Not quite yet there, but getting better with age. (2495 views)
 Tasted by Joerg65 on 12/15/2013 & rated 90 points: Very crisp and fruity with tropical flavours - mostly gooseberries and citrus - very well balanced, and nice acid. (3186 views)
 Tasted by sandwich on 10/28/2013 & rated 80 points: While making medallions of monkfish, I needed a white wine for my buerre blanc sauce so I thought I would use something that doesn't drink particularly well. The last few bottles I've tasted were simply undrinkable, but I hoped that cooking off the alcohol and reducing it might show something decent. Unfortunately this wine is awful no matter how you use it. The sauce was too acidic and it had nothing to do with the champagne vinegar. I guess I'll save the remaining bottles to use as anti-freeze in my car this winter. Terrible wine. (3742 views)
 Tasted by belfast taxman on 9/14/2013: This was very strange - somehow was this bottle filled with Chardonnay?! because this was the most unlike NZ SB that I have ever come across - weird!!! (2551 views)
 Tasted by dogsbrekky on 7/23/2013 & rated 88 points: Used to be (when David Hohnen owned this mob and Cape Mentelle) one of the world's great white wines, now it seems to be overpriced average cat pee of some quality..

Ripe green apples, lemon/lime, strong hints of the aforementioned cat pee, very big and bold but now that the French mass produce the stuff taking in god knows whose grapes it has fallen away... kind of like a Kim Crawford at twice the $$$ (2970 views)
 Tasted by belfast taxman on 7/20/2013 & rated 89 points: On a warm summer afternoon and delicious battered scampi, this went down a treat - I think it is now well balanced with grapefruit to the fore but not over dominant (2801 views)
 Tasted by TAStark on 7/16/2013 & rated 86 points: Wow was this ever big and ripe. A little too much, quite honestly. (2193 views)
 Tasted by Philippe_C on 7/14/2013 & rated 91 points: Strong nose of pine resine, green apples, hint of catpee, lime citrus, pamplemousse, eucalyptus... taste very pamplemousse, hint of citrus and green apple (1903 views)
 Tasted by pmk on 7/13/2013 & rated 90 points: Not as complex as Kim Crawford same vintage. less fruit forward, more citrus, and good acidity at end. Still a great quaff. (1356 views)
 Tasted by DoubleMagnum on 7/9/2013 & rated 88 points: More subtle than most Sauvignon Blancs I've tasted this vintage. Well integrated and balanced but it lacks a bit of complexity, especially at this price point. It seems like a toned down version of a Kim Crawford, Oyster Bay or Villa Maria. I don't know if that's worth over 100% markup. (959 views)
 Tasted by zarped on 7/6/2013 & rated 90 points: Toujours aussi plaisant acidité nez fleurs blanches légèrement citronné herbe fraiche en bouche un petit côté acidulé grande longueur (705 views)
 Tasted by Mamaitagin on 6/30/2013 & rated 85 points: Guter Sauvignion Blanc. Würde vom Renommee des Produzenten mehr erwarten. Für das Gebotene zu teuer. (1013 views)
 Tasted by jmottern on 6/27/2013 & rated 88 points: This is an excellent reliable white wine. Good blended fruit. A very easy summer wine. (962 views)
 Tasted by wineglas on 6/14/2013 & rated 80 points: This is about as bad of a Sauvignon Blanc you can make. Over the top grass notes dominate this with a touch of grapefruit. Short to medium finish and not pleasant. (1165 views)
 Tasted by stadler on 5/27/2013: Robe jaune citron pâle, jambes bien marquées. Nez à l'intensité prononcée, zeste d'agrume, citron, buis, herbe coupée, jeune.
Acidité élevée, alcool moyen et corps léger forment le palais sur des arômes de citron, pulpe et zeste, toujours avec le végétal en arrière-plan, texture perceptible, lisible, finale assez longue. Très bon exemple de son espèce, un peu cher à l'import. (1229 views)
 Tasted by wineshaman on 5/4/2013 & rated 88 points: This bottle had the usual citrus/grapefruit, hints of slate, lively acidity. (1740 views)
 Tasted by DonalOB on 4/25/2013 & rated 88 points: Perfumed tropical fruit - kiwi, guava and, of course, cat pee.
Clean and fruity but not really my favoured interpretation of SB. (588 views)
 Tasted by grizzlymarmot on 4/24/2013 & rated 90 points: Plenty of citrus delivered in a classy style. You won't miss the cork! (1667 views)
 Tasted by bellabo on 4/22/2013 & rated 88 points: Always a joy to have, however, not as dependable as past vintages. Enjoy with smoked pork butt, grilled chicken or prawns wrapped with bacon (1723 views)
 Tasted by Bobc7had on 4/21/2013 & rated 90 points: Refreshing. While clearly getting citrus, did not experience it an unpleasant level. Very nice (1537 views)
 Tasted by Lijmes on 4/11/2013 & rated 88 points: Primary notes of toast lined with a discernible Marlborough grassiness, almost buttery. Rather muted, no other distinctive characteristics with regards to nose. Nice buttery mouthfeel, akin to a chardonnay. Punchy taste with slight sweetness on the initial, although it transitions unremarkably, and feels rather watered down. Nice smooth finish on the palate, good overall quality...albeit underperforming in certain aspects. (1712 views)
 Tasted by honest bob on 4/5/2013 & rated 89 points: From 75cl screwcap. Oops. Judging by the TNs on CT, some people really don't seem to like this wine. But I find this bottle excellent: a very slender rendition of NZ SB with pungent aromatic typicity; quite generous, sweetish gooseberry entry which slims down to a pure skinny mid-palate; nicely acidic finish. Food-friendly, not a trophy wine. Still one of my NZ benchmarks. Worth 18 EUR retail, a rebuy. 89P (1330 views)
 Tasted by sandwich on 3/31/2013 & rated 82 points: Like sucking on a grapefruit. This is so acidic and has such an overwhelming citrus component that I am not sure if this is actually wine. (1328 views)
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By Stephen Tanzer
Vinous, September/October 2012, IWC Issue #164
(Cloudy Bay Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough) Subscribe to see review text.
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Cloudy Bay

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2011 Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc

Current Tasting Notes
Llifted notes of elderfl ower, green lime zest, and stone fruit. The palate is ripe, fine and succulent, offering zesty ripe citrus fl avours 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.
Vineyard Notes
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.

Sauvignon Blanc

Varietal character (Appellation America)

New Zealand

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South Island

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Marlborough (New Zealand Wine)



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