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2014 Cloudy Bay ChardonnayChardonnay from New Zealand

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"Complex flavours of cashew nut, preserved lemon and nectarine. Then, subtle grapefruit and white floral notes reveal themselves on the nose. The palate is layered with a bold ...

  • 90 Stephen Tanzer - Vinous Media
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"(a 60/40 blend of fruit from the estate and from local growers; this fruit will be picked earlier going forward and will get less new oak and undergo less malolactic fermentation, as winemaker Tim Heath is looking for "nervousness and crunch" to the white peach and stone fruit flavors; 25% new oak): Bright light yellow. Grapefruit pith, stone, spicy oak and a sexy touch of honey on the nose. Saline, brisk, grapefruity wine with serious energy and a complicating touch of sulfidey flint. Savory and nicely balanced. This shares a silkiness of texture with the Sauvignon Blanc but the latter wine is brighter and longer. Cloudy Bay will be going to lighter-toast oak with the 2015 to preserve local character. Operation winemaker Daniel Sorrell told me that he loves Burgundy and is moving in the direction of more feminine, structured, gently extracted wines."

Product Description:

"Complex flavours of cashew nut, preserved lemon and nectarine. Then, subtle grapefruit and white floral notes reveal themselves on the nose. The palate is layered with a bold complexity of ripe fruit falvour and spicy, smoky oak characters. The combined texture of fruit density and less work provides a focal point that is balanced by fresh and firm acidity." - Winery

Product Detail

Item # 107912
Country New Zealand
Region South Island
Sub-Region Marlborough
Ratings

90 - Stephen Tanzer - Vinous Media

Vintage 2014
Color White
ABV 13.5%
Varietal(s) Chardonnay
Size 750 mL
Closure Screwtop
Features
Taste apple, pear, peach, apricot, lemon, lime, orange, pineapple, kiwi, butter, cream and vanilla
Nose apple, pear, peach, apricot, lemon, lime, orange, pineapple, kiwi, butter, cream and vanilla