Cloudy Bay Chardonnay 2014
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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Layered with a bold complexity of ripe fruit flavour and spicy, smoky oak characters. The combined texture of fruit density and lees work provides a focal point that is balanced by fresh and firm acidity.
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