Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2011, Marlborough, New Zealand
Tasted July 2012 Appearance - clear and bright, with a medium minus intensity lemon-green colour. A watery rim and few visible tears. Nose - clean and youthful with pronounced intensity with beautiful bright fruit aromas resembling fresh and ripe tropical fruits like guava and passion fruit, very ripe gooseberry, some stone fruits mainly apricot, a hint of fresh cut grass and a mineral stony undertone.
Palate - dry, a perfectly balanced and refreshing medium plus level of acidity, medium alcohol and a medium plus body. Lovely and pronounced flavours, again with a clear evidence of the exuberantly fresh tropical fruits, guava, pineapple gooseberry, some suave notes of pungent white pepper, hint of grassy herbaceous and mineral stony notes. Long length.
Conclusions (17,5/20) - very good wine, simply delicious! Everything is so perfectly in place and in balance, very fresh and focused tropical fruit profile, totally in tune with a vibrant supporting acidity, a smooth velvety texture, finishing complexly spicy and mineral with a very long, pleasing length. Absolutely fantastic to drink now, this wine shows the structure to develop nicely for the next 5 years, leaving some of the intense fruitiness behind to show more pungent and vegetal aromas (not that I see much point in waiting).