Cloudy Bay Te Koko Sauvignon Blanc 2014
Te Koko is recognised as one of the finest labels from renowned Marlborough producer Cloudy Bay. A complex and full-bodied style with wild ferments, old French oak maturation superbly integrated around dominant fruit characters.
Grapefruit and white nectarines exude an exotic bouquet harmonised with richer notes of beeswax and lemon curd. Tightly focussed with a taut entry, the finish is all nectarines, glacé fruit with subtle smoky oak complexity. Floral characters linger in the background.
How to enjoy
More Information Food Pairing Edith Ash Goats cheese Serving Temp 7 - 14 degrees Standard Drinks 8 Alcohol Volume % 13.5 Variety Sauvignon Blanc Region Marlborough Vintage 2014 Country New Zealand Closure Screw Cap Size 750ml Brand Cloudy Bay
- A sophisticated style from wild fermentation and aging in old French oak
- 94 points, James Suckling
- 92 points, Wine Spectator
Tyson Steltzer, TysonSteltzer.com
Te Koko is on a steep trajectory of ascent, finer, more harmonious and more expressive than ever, yet it's the tiny details that have made the difference. The core of its personality remains untouched, but, in the words of maker Nick Lane, it's been pared back in palate gregariousness. He says taking it from ten percent new oak to eight percent has made a bigger difference that you might imagine, and he's dead right - the fruit has never looked better, nor the oak more subdued. This wine epitomises sauvignon's ability to somehow harmonise electric energy with unfathomable complexity. There are perfumed florals here, mixed spice, gooseberry pie, custard apple, preserved lemon, lantana, woodspice, hazelnut cream, dried herbs, stone fruits and citrus of all kinds. Phew! Crucially, it retains honed focus, thanks to crunchy acid definition and outstanding line and length.