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2009 Cloudy Bay Te Koko Sauvignon Blanc

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2011 Cloudy Bay Te Koko Sauvignon Blanc

RRP:$64.90
Our Price: $49.99 /Bottle
Sold in 6-Packs (750ml)
Case Price: $299.94
Cracka Rating
Our 2009 Te Koko impresses with a fragrant nose of toasted nuts, fresh thyme. lemon curd and nectarines. Hints of exotic florals and smokey notes intrique. The palate is mouthfilling with ample ripe tropical fruit and lemon sorbet, rounded by mealy complexity. Bright acid gives lift to the rich, lingering finish.
'A ‘season of everything’ climatically, saved by a very settled autumn that produced classic Marlborough Flavours.'
New Zealand's most internationally acclaimed wine is sought after from Sydney to New York and London. Its irresistibly aromatic and zesty style and intense flavours stem from 'the fruit characters that are in the grapes when they arrive at the winery'. It is sourced from company-owned and several long-term contract growers' vineyards in the Rapaura, Fairhall, Renwick and Brancott districts of the Wairau Valley. The juice is cool-fermented in stainless steel tanks; the wine does not have any significant oak maturation, but is aged for up to two months on its yeast lees before bottling. The 2009 vintage has a punchy, ripely herbaceous bouquet. Deliriously rich and racy, it is vibrant, with an array of fruit flavours - melon, lime, lychee and passionfruit. Weighty and pure, with a long, dry (3 grams/litre of residual sugar), tight finish, it's an authoritative wine, more subtle and sophisticated, less 'in your face' than some of its competitors, with excellent body, complexity and texture. It's the sort of Sauvignon that draws you back for a second glass . . . and a third.
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Buyer's Guide to New Zealand Wines
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.
95
Best Drinking:
2012-2019
Wine Taste Special Edition 96
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.
95
Best Drinking:
2012-2019
Wine Taste Edition 96
Nutty, creamy complexity abounds in the Te Koko, which was one of NZ s pioneering barrel-fermented sauvignon blancs. Lovely texture across the board here; if you are after a pungent, run-of-the-mill sauvignon, look elsewhere. But if you are after a complex, structured wine that provides great drinking pleasure, the Te Koko is your man.
93
Best Drinking:
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Good Wine Guide

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