From the Cellar: Cloudy Bay Te Koko Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough 2011 – $$$+
Oak fermented, with wild yeasts, this is one of NZ’s vinous rock stars – an icon, a unique wine, a sensory delight. I love it.
Pale gold. 13.5% alc.
Great refinement and complexity on nose. An aromatic delight with notes of citrus and golden fruit.
There was a lovely texture, depth to the wine in the mouth. It was expressive and distinctive – it spoke of place and winemaking craft. There was the sweetness of perfect ripe fruit. It lacked the assertive grassy-capsicum-ness of its stablemate, a relief. Exceptionally long for a savvy.