Cloudy Bay Marlborough Te Koko Sauvignon Blanc 2015
Vineyards for making Te Koko 2014 were specifically chosen due to a combination of flavour intensity borne from vine age, balanced acidity and a ripe aromatic profile.
An iconic wine from New Zealand's most iconic winery. Atypical for Kiwi Sauvignon, the Te Koko is fermented using indigenous 'wild' yeasts, and subjected to batonnage as it ages in oak. Released as a three year old wine, this is unlike anything else from New Zealand! Lychees and almonds with classic gooseberry notes and a hint of wood smoke. A full bodied palate of citrus fruits with the richer flavours of caramel and nougat, leading to a crisp yet spicy finish. Able to age for up to five years, this wine an ideal partner to tuna, oysters and poached fish.
"Ever wondered why Te Koko doesn’t feature “Sauvignon Blanc” on the front label? It’s because Te Koko is less about a grape variety and more about an array of tastes and textures many of which have nothing to do with grape flavour. Once you take that notion on board it’s easy to relax and enjoy the experience of a complex and texturally pleasing wine. Yes, you can pick ripe Sauvignon Blanc flavours if you concentrate, but it’s easy to be distracted by the array of nut, bran biscuit and spicy flavours that make the wine so interesting. The texture is rich, smooth and mouth-filling." Bob Campbell MW
96 / 100 Cellarmaster Value Rating