By Martin Isark
Tasted Cloudy Bay from New Zealand? Wine drinkers over the years will have perused wine lists and retailers’ shelves for Cloudy Bay’s award-wining sauvignon blanc.
But what about their other wines? Are they worth searching the crowded shelves for?
OK: Let’s get one thing straight, Cloudy Bay is a premium-priced wine brand, hovering between twenty and thirty quid a bottle. So Cloudy Bay’s portfolio has to deliver bit more than just a blue chip name, especially, if the brand wants traction from UK’s savvy wine shoppers. Are their wines well-crafted and do they deliver top-notch quality across the range? Yes… on all fronts.
Is Cloudy Bay a brand worth searching for on the crowded shelves for then? Yes! Yes… you may find a wine that drinks just as well, a good few quid cheaper, but more than likely than not… you’ll have spent a shedload of your hard-earned cash finding that wine. Yes… you can buy with confidence as Cloudy Bay wine as it delivers consistency right across its range and that’s really important if you are looking for a special bottle to complement that perfect meal.
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Cloudy Bay Riesling Marlborough New Zealand
Not cheap, but it is a stunning riesling. It presents pronounced lemony and petrol notes that come threaded with an elegant sweet and sour twist. Too good to share. Tasted 2009, February 2015. Reviewed by Martin Isark
Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough New Zealand
Cloudy Bay is the benchmark for New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc. Want white wine that delivers grassy overt grassy, guava and gooseberry notes threaded with ripe mouthwatering acidity? If the price fits put a bottle in the trolley. Reviewed by Martin Isark
Cloudy Bay Pelorus Brut Sparkling Wine New Zealand
Award winning, premium priced, New Zealand sparkler! It delivers aromas and flavours of green apples, almonds, toast and marzipan. Worth a punt if you are looking for a NZ fizz that’s made in similar way to champagne. Reviewed by Martin Isark
Cloudy Bay Te Wahi Pinot Noir Central Otago New Zealand
Not cheap, but you’ll struggle to buy a red burgundy that delivers this sort of quality for a similar price. Want a silky smooth red wine that sings of raspberry and wild strawberry notes that are threaded with a French oak lick? A bottle of Te Wahi will do it with its Pinot Noir. Reviewed by Martin Isark
Cloudy Bay Pinot Noir Marlborough New Zealand
This well-crafted silky-smooth Pinot Noir presents sweet wild strawberry and spicy notes that are harmoniously integrated with fine acidity and finished with an elegant toasty French oak lick. Your Burgundy loving mates will love it too! Reviewed by Martin Isark
Cloudy Bay Gewurztraminer Marlborough New Zealand
This classy Gewurztraminer with its fresh lychee and rounded sultana notes is up there with the best from Alsace. Reviewed by Martin Isark
Cloudy Bay Chardonnay Marlborough New Zealand
This is equivalent to a youthful, well-crafted meursault from Burgundy. Such is the potential for this wine it would be waste to drink it now… cellar and wait at least 4 years. tasted 2013, February, 2015. Reviewed by Martin Isark