Full bottle 1,290 g. Unsettled weather during flowering reduced crop levels to a certain extent but the subsequent growing season was pretty perfect and Marlborough growers are very happy with quality in 2021. Cultured yeast was added to the free-run juice in tank with just 4% fermented at warmer temperatures in old French oak. 87 different ‘portions’ went into this, presumably, copious blend. TA 6.8 g/l, pH 3.14, RS 2.6 g/l. Aromatically quite mineral and very agreeably dry and chalky on the finish. The residual sugar is entirely hidden by the acidity; there’s not a trace of apparent sweetness. Very forward and approachable now. Good job! Fresher than many a Sancerre 2020… It’s no bargain but it’s reliably good.
Anticipated maturity: 2021-2025
The 2021 Cloudy Bay Sauvignon is a precise, focused style offering vibrant passionfruit, elderflower and gooseberry fruit. This was a low-yielding vintage, and that’s reflected in the intensity of concentration and aromatic richness. With mouthwatering but balanced acidity, this is really delightful, pure and vibrant Sauvignon Blanc with stony sinew on the finish. Best consumed in youth for its aromatic appeal.
Anticipated maturity: 2022-2029