Cloudy Bay was started in 1985 by David Hohnen. Its name is from a bay on the edge of Marlborough’s Wairu Valley, named by Captain Cook in 1770. In their cool maritime climate they make an array of red and white wines but the fabulous Sauvignon Blanc is most acclaimed. Their distinctive labels show the Richmond Ranges. Now owned by Veuve Cliquot, they are enjoyed in over 30 countries. They are heavily committed to environmental practices.
Vinous (91)A ripe, aromatic and satisfying style. Full and mouth-filling, it glides along the palate and slips down easier than a cartoon character on a banana skin. There are no edges to this wine – it's all roundness and perfect for guzzling now. Flavor-wise, cherry fruit and damson skin meet vanilla pod. Is it a challenging, academic style that will titillate wine snobs? No. Can you drink a shed-load of it and feel content? Yes.HK$1,875.00
The Real Review (94)Delicious sauvignon blanc with integrated gooseberry, capsicum, passionfruit and ripe melon flavours supported by gently tangy acidity. The wine has an ethereal texture and a lingering finish.HK$1,635.00
Decanter (98)Established in 1985, Cloudy Bay has become one of the world’s most recognised New Zealand wine brands. Te Koko is made from fruit from four prime vineyard parcels. It’s barrel-fermented with ‘wild’ indigenous yeasts for four to five months before spending 15 months on fine lees. Roger Jones: Thai rice pudding with kaffir lime. Clean, focused and lingers for an age. The luxurious feeling at the end is immense; this is a stunning wine. Melanie Brown: Opulent and alluring. Shows how oak can heighten flavours and texture. Soft white peach and florals on a citrus base. Creamy centre with caramel popcorn and a pristine acid line. Beautiful. Rebecca Palmer: Attractive key lime characters, oak melding to create the silky, sleek palate.HK$2,035.00
Vinous (91)This is lavishly oaked on first impression, the damson-like fruit emerging from its veil with time in glass. It is supple and smooth with a structured tannic frame that creates a sinewy impression. The cooler vintage provides a sense of elegance and freshness despite the boldness. Lengthy finish.HK$3,125.00