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Cloudy Bay Te Koko Sauvignon Blanc

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Cloudy Bay Te Koko Sauvignon Blanc

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Michael Cooper (2011 Vintage) says
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, Marlborough. The juice is mostly cool-fermented in stainless steel tanks and aged for up to two months on its yeast lees before bottling. The 2011 vintage was harvested over a month, at an average of 22.5 brix, and a small portion of the blend was fermented in old French oak barriques. A weighty, dry wine, finely textured, it has fresh, ripe passionfruit, melon, capsicum and lime flavours that build across the palate to a resounding finish. A sophisticated - rather than 'full-on', pungently herbaceous - style of Sauvignon Blanc, it has great finesse and drinkability.
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Nick Stock (2009 Vintage) says
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.
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Tyson Stelzer (2009 Vintage) says
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.
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Nick Stock (2008 Vintage) says
Te Koko is looking very much the regal version of sauvignon here, all cloaked in savoury lemon biscuits, beeswax and lemongrass herbs. The palate's full of ripe gooseberry and passionfruit flavour; there's more biscuity, savoury things here, and a lime marmalade finish.
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Tyson Stelzer (2007 Vintage) says
Te Koko is Sauvignon on steroids, exploding with gooseberry pie, blackcurrant but, Elderflower, vanilla and hazelnuts. The palate is textural and full-bodied, with a hint of caramel and a touch of sweetness. A versatile expression of sauvignon - barrel fermented with wild yeast and full malolactic.
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Nick Stock (2006 Vintage) says
This is a contentious wine that tends to polarise the trade - a love/hate thing. Cloudy Bay ruthlessly pursues the intensity of fruit needed to carry the winemaking and oak influence here, and for me it works. With gooseberry, citrus and complex savoury notes, there's a wealth of flavour and trademark crisp acid cutting the finish into shape. One of the few that can age in bottle.
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Michael Cooper (2001 Vintage) says
Te Koko 0 Kupe (the oyster dredge of Kupe) is the original name for Cloudy Bay; it is also the name of the famous Marlborough winery's innovative, oak-aged Sauvignon Blanc. The 2001 vintage was fermented with indigenous yeasts and matured on its lees for 18 months in French oak barriques (10 per cent new), with full malolactic fermentation. Bright, light lemon/green in hue, with a slightly rustic, earthy bouquet, it pushes the boundaries even further away from the aromatic Marlborough norm than the outstandingly rich, complex and harmonious 2000 Full-bodied and rounded, with grapefruit and subtle oak flavours, it's a tightly structured and refined wine, but slightly more restrained and less beguiling than the 2000.
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Michael Cooper (2000 Vintage) says
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Michael Cooper (1999 Vintage) says
Te Koko o Kupe (the oyster dredge of Kupe) is the original name for Cloudy Bay; it is also the name of the famous Marlborough winery's oak-aged Sauvignon Blanc. The .1999 vintage was made from mature vines grown near the winery, fermented for five months with indigenous ('wild') yeasts and matured on its lees for 18 months in French oak barriques (10 per cent new), with full malolactic fermentation. Pale gold, with a minerally bouquet, it's a weighty, complex wine with very strong quince and lime flavours gently seasoned with oak, but more flinty and less lush, slightly more austere, than the irresistibly soft and creamy-rich 1998.
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Michael Cooper (1998 Vintage) says
Te Koko o Kupe (the oyster dredge of Kupe) is the original name for Cloudy Bay; it is also the name of the famous Marlborough winery's oak-aged Sauvignon Blanc. The .1999 vintage was made from mature vines grown near the winery, fermented for five months with indigenous ('wild') yeasts and matured on its lees for 18 months in French oak barriques (10 per cent new), with full malolactic fermentation. Pale gold, with a minerally bouquet, it's a weighty, complex wine with very strong quince and lime flavours gently seasoned with oak, but more flinty and less lush, slightly more austere, than the irresistibly soft and creamy-rich 1998.
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Michael Cooper (1997 Vintage) says
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Michael Cooper (1996 Vintage) says
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Michael Cooper (1995 Vintage) says
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Michael Cooper (1993 Vintage) says
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Michael Cooper (1991 Vintage) says
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