Wednesday, 19 June 2013

Midweek Tipple; Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc

It's one of the most synonymous wines of its region, and one of the UK's favourite Sauvignon Blancs, year after year. And it just so happens I have a bottle chilling in my fridge for when I get home tonight so Wednesday, hump day, just became that little bit better thanks to this much loved beaut!

Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc is an international benchmark wine loved for its vibrant aromatics and lively expression of the Marlborough region in the North East of the South Island of New Zealand. Established in 1985, Cloudy Bay takes is name for the bay at the edge of  the Wairau Valley, which was named Cloudy Bay by Captain Cook on his voyage to New Zealand in 1770.

Whilst their portfolio also consists of  a Chardonnay, Gewurztraminer, Riesling (including a late harvest), Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir and the famed Pelorus sparkling (Brut, Rose & Vintage), their Sauvignon Blanc is their most acclaimed success.

Crisp, fresh and vibrant with tropical aromas of lime, elderflower and stone fruits, the palate is zippy, zesty, zingy and fruity with a mineral finish. Superbly refreshing, this is the ultimate summer wine which works on its own, or with food - grilled fish, chicken salad or stuffed green peppers.

Why not pick up a bottle of the 2012 Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc from Majestic Wines for £20.00 (currently 20% off when you purchase two or more bottles of New Zealand Wines) on your way home from work tonight (most are open until 8pm thank goodness!). For best results served chilled, sit in the garden on a sunny day and enjoy with your closest friends!

Or, if you fancy making it a bit more of an occasion, why not head to the Cloudy Bay Wine Bar at the Royal Albert Hall in London town. Open before each show, this bespoke bar was opened by the estate in 2011, and serves seafood, cheese platters and desserts complimented by the stunning Cloudy Bay range. If anyone fancies treating me, I'll have the Compressed Melon and Feta Salad with Chilli Lime Dressing and a (large!) glass of the 2012 Cloudy Bay Sauvignon please!

Have you tried Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc? Do you think it lives up to the hype? Let us know in the comments, or on our Twitter and Facebook pages.

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