1997 Cloudy Bay - Sauvignon Blanc 750ml

New Zealand - Marlborough/ White / Sauvignon Blanc   |     Watch

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17 bottles owned by 7 collectors.

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About This Producer

Best known for its clean, crisp and vibrant Sauvignon Blancs, Cloudy Bay Vineyards has been at the forefront of the New Zealand wine craze since the mid-'80s. The winery is named for the first large bay down the eastern side of New Zealand's South Island, which is pictured on the label along with Mount Riley, the most prominent mountain in the area. The Marlborough region offers perfect growing conditions for Sauvignon Blanc, including long, hot summer days, followed by cool nights. Cloudy Bay is owned by the French luxury goods conglomerate LVMH, which maintains a controlling interest in the estate.

Wine Varietal: Sauvignon Blanc

Crisp, tart and possessing striking acidity, these wines are best drunk in their youth. Some of the best Sauvignon Blancs are produced in the Loire Valley (Sancerre and Pouilly-Fume) and New Zealand. White Bordeaux blends add Semillon to Sauvignon Blanc to mellow out its sharp, grassy flavors. Sauvignon Blanc (translated to "white savage") has maintained its wild growing habits, which if left untamed, can lead to flat, vegetal profiles in the finished product. Because of this, Sauvignon Blanc grapes must be carefully cultivated in well-drained soils. Sauvignon Blanc is sometimes referred to as "Fume Blanc" in California and is used internationally for dessert wines as well. Typical descriptors for dry Sauvignon Blanc include citrus, gooseberry, freshly cut grass, minerals, stone and tropical fruits.

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