Chardonnay Marlborough New Zealand
Crafted to a combination of traditional, minimalist and exacting winemaking techniques by one of New Zealand's most prominent labels, Cloudy Bay is an engaging, mouthfilling and textural Marlborough Chardonnay. Layered with a generosity of citrus and stonefruit flavours, the fruit is enhanced by an attractive nuttiness and subtle oak influence. Cloudy Bay is delicious in its youth, generous with piquant grapefruit complexity, enhanced by a luxurious biscuit/ mineral richness.
A predominantly Mendoza clone of Chardonnay sourced from Cloudy Bay Estate vineyards and choice sites operated by good growers located throughout Fairhall and Ben Morven, Brancott and Central Wairau Valleys. After a gentle pressing, juices are extravagantly barrel fermented on high solids content in a selection of seasoned and new French oak. Upon completion, batches are treated to malolactic, a year's maturation and course of regular lees stirring, to build palate weight and enhance richness. Components are assembled after a further period on yeast lees prior to a light fining for clarification.
Bright straw hues. Intense aromas of nectarine and peach, aromatic herbs and spring floral. Palate leads with savoury notes which give way to a taut citrus core, revealing the vibrant Marlborough fruit. A light entry of nectarines, nashi and green melon evolves into a slippery middle palate that re focuses into a wonderfully aromatic, crisp mineral finish.