Honeydew to gooseberry nose with notes of peas, pepper, petrol, cucumber, honey, tangerine and bread. Ripe but not very intense fruit. Dry and medium bodied palate with buttery touch and balanced mid-level acidity. Green fruit to tropical, gooseberries and tangerine, herbs and menthol lift. Good length. Very nice and quite like a good riper Chardonnay.
Very pale yellow. Typical sauvignon blanc nose, but without much fruit and with a weird, somewhat unpleasant hint of mold. The palate is pleasant with a very high acidity (which I like) but without much fruit either. My first cloudy bay SB and I fear I did the mistake of getting too old a bottle. I'll retry with a younger one.
Not fair to score. I usually like my Cloudy Bay very young but I found this misfiled bottle in my cellar and thought I give it a try with some fresh Dungeness crab I just bought. What a disaster, this wine was long gone at age four. An interesting contrast to a 2000 Rochioli I had a few weeks ago that was excellent.
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(Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc (Marlborough)) New Zealand's most famous wine, I am sure; I last tasted this vintage two years ago. This has a very pure nose, loaded with asparagus, creamy yellow fruits and even a little gooseberry. Very fine, well defined, rich, full and surprisingly creamy, this is a substantial wine which fills out very nicely on the palate, and which even seems to have a little grip at the end. Good length too.
(Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc (Marlborough)) A really pungent nose, very green, with lots of creamy asparagus swirled with crisp and crunchy capsicum. Full, almost creamy on the palate, as there is a lot of weight and texture. Broad-shouldered, really quite stylish, and undeniably a crowd-pleaser. I can see the attraction, although it is not really my style.
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