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Community Tasting Notes (133) Avg Score: 89.2 points

  • Pale yellow in color, this wine reveals muted aromas of lemon curd, gooseberry and green pea on the nose. The mouth feel brought surprisingly high levels of acidity as well as more citrus aromas including lime juice. The finish paired the fading fruit and acidity well. 13.5% abv.

    A gift from my boss from his wine cellar, this wine is fully mature but still pleasant to drink with surprisingly crisp remaining acidity. The overt NZ SB aromas have softened very much to the point if tasted blind, I'd identify this wine as a white Bordeaux.

    Imported by Moet Hennessy USA, New York, NY.

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  • Was a bit afraid about the tasting notes that it could be already over the hill. Opened and found first not much more than acidity but after 1.5 hours with air, the nose got quite exotic, passion fruit and some citrus, really good. I think this wine has plenty of time ahead.

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  • When I tried this wine directly after release I was heaviliy disappointed. Overprized, nothing special compared to other Sauvignon Blancs in that pricerange.

    But this one has evloved into a nutty, almond smelling and tatsting round and complex wine.

    The drinking window is closing. Enjoyed it.

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  • Poped and poured. Partly over the peak, alcohol seemed to dominate next to the black currant and cut crass taste, all in all the package was not in balance. Drink now.

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  • Seemed more like my tasting notes of 10/11/2011. Did not seem as complex as the 4/24/2012 tasting. It's still a decent wine, but is now on the downward slope of its drinking plateau. I'll consume my last bottle fairly soon.

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  • By Stephen Tanzer
    September/October 2011, IWC Issue #158, (See more on Vinous...)

    (Cloudy Bay Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough) Subscribe to see review text.

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