Saturday, October 22, 2011

Cloudy Bay New Releases

The new Cloudy Bay wines are a major disappointment to me.

The 2011 Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc has been praised by others, but I found the fruit too overwhelming. With it came an unpleasant sweetness and a broad and undefined (unusual for Cloudy Bay) feel in the mouth. Maybe to counteract the often grassy flavours of Sauvignon Blanc?

Score: 86/--

The 2008 Cloudy Bay Chardonnay was the best of the trio. It had good fruit concentration in the citrus and stone fruit spectrum, but I found the oak too prominent.

Score: 90/0

The 2009 Cloudy Bay Pinot Noir was bland and had no personality.

Score: 88/-

There is one caveat to these comments. I tasted the wines from plastic cups.

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