Cloudy Bay that can claim to be New Zealand’s flag bearer. No other label has captured the imagination of so many markets. The reason is uncompromising quality, as exemplified in this fabulous Pinot Noir. The 27th expression of Marlborough Pinot Noir, echoes the style and quality synonymous with Cloudy Bay.
On the nose, subtle rose notes bloom in the background together with sweet spice. The palate reveals a taut structure with supple tannin and cruncy acidity. The complexity builds upon tasting with earthen notes of graphite, smoke and toasty oak character.
“While the company has invested enormously in its Central Otago Pinot Noir project, I continue to think the Marlborough wine is better, at least for the moment. The 2016 Pinot Noir is a silky, medium-bodied wine, loaded with raspberry and strawberry fruit. Hints of cola and spice add dimension and linger on the finish. It’s 15% whole cluster and sees about one-third new French oak, but neither of those elements come across as dominating, they’re subtler, mostly structural, components.
(Joe Czerwinski, The Wine Advocate # 235, Feb 2018)
Included in James Suckling’s “Top 100 Wines of New Zealand 2018”.