A pair of Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blancs have enjoyed a twin release in Asia, just in time for the festive season.
You might have noticed that anyone with as much cash as they have sense is looking at New Zealand as a potential second home. The tiny South Pacific nation, long famed for its natural beauty, has attracted scores of wealthy looking for political stability and wide-open spaces. Recent arrivals looking for new digs from which to watch the apocalypse unfold include PayPal founder Peter Thiel and Google co-founder Larry Page.
So, while we can’t go sheep farm shopping Downunder anytime soon, you can still embrace the kiwi lifestyle in Asia with the arrival of two stunning new Sauvignon Blanc expressions from arguably the country’s most famous wine label, Cloudy Bay.
For the very first time globally, the complex and intriguing flavours of Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc and Te Koko will be available to explore side by side. The wines come from two stellar vintages, which in turn resulted from excellent harvests that allowed Cloudy Bay’s winemakers to showcase the remarkable hidden depths of Sauvignon Blanc, New Zealand’s flagship variety.
While the Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2021 is exceptionally expressive, vibrant, and intense, with grapefruit and passion fruit on the nose and lime, lemongrass, and stone fruit on the palate (making it an ideal match with sashimi and shellfish) the Te Koko 2019 is serious, subtle and complex, with white peach, citrus, and honey followed by guava and rambutan, making it a great wine for Chinese dishes, including pork belly.
In fact, the Te Koko 2019 is the first release from this range in two years. Produced with wild yeasts and barrel fermentation, this alternative style of Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc only appears when the fruit — harvested from just four vineyard parcels — is perfect.
All you have to do now is choose which one you’ll stock in your doomsday bunker.
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