Cloudy Bay Chardonnay 2012
No expense is spared on this blinding drop, sourced from the same alluvial plain in Marlborough as the now legendary Sauvignon Blanc. It's treated to a lavish dose of oak and as a result is ripe and full-bodied with superb flavours of citrus fruit, underpinned with a yeasty, nutty character and finished with a touch of flinty elegance. Cloudy Bay Chardonnay is an intriguing, textural wine and this particular vintage is highly sought after - it's well worth claiming some for your collection.
About the BrandThe vineyards of Cloudy Bay are located at superior sites throughout the Marlborough region to maximise the considerable diversity that exists in micro-climates and soil types. The different sites provide nuances of aroma and flavour, bringing complexity to the wines. Cloudy Bay is primarily noted for its Sauvignon Blanc wines, and has played an important pioneering role in establishing New Zealand's and Marlborough's reputation. Cloudy Bay's first commercial vintage was produced in 1985 from purchased grapes, and the company later planted its own vineyards. It was one of the first New Zealand wines to be widely exported and came to attention because of its fruit-forward style and very pronounced varietal character.
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The cooler 2012 growing season helped Cloudy Bay to produce the refined and focused style of Chardonnay they were after.It has bright aromas of stone fruit, white chocolate and a little smoke, and flavours of lemon balm and green plums along with a flintinness and a lingering finish.The 2012 Chardonnay is perfect with crab ravioli or grilled white fish in beurre blanc.
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