Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc Malborough 2017 – $34,75. Successful party.
I came to doubt I’d ever say these words ever again, but here they are: I really f*cking enjoyed this New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc. Yup, for someone like me who doesn’t enjoy that very nice wine usually, this does break the stereotype quite a bit! This basically does everything the region does well, but with almost none of its typical flaws that usually turn me off from the region and varietal. The nose is as stereotypical as possible, and the wine drops a serious citrus and tropical fruit party in the glass that just keeps on giving, and it’s a lot more Great Gatsby than Pajama Party, you’ll see! So yes, big notes typical of mango, pineapple, lychee, you name it – and with very little of that grassy / herbaceous side you generally get in this type of wine. In the mouth all this tropical party is kept at bay by a very bright acidity that enhances all that fruit (especially mango on the palate) while keeping it well in check for a long, long finish. We avoid that heavy cloying palate that reminds more of bargain tropical juice than real wine. This is really one of the most successful and balanced examples of New World Sauvignon Blanc I’ve tasted in a long time. Totally worth the 35$ price tag.
SAQ Link: Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc Malborough 2017 – $34,75.
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