Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2006

Is it so wrong to like Cloudy Bay?  It used to be the wine for the cognoscenti but it got a bit too big for its boots.  It’s not exactly a mass produced and marketed wine like Jacob’s Creek (perish the thought), but those in the know yawn and say “Cloudy Bay?  It’s a bit 1990’s man….”

Cloudy Bay getting a massage…for some reason

I’m going to stick my neck out and volunteer that I still love the stuff.  I still use it as a mental benchmark to compare Sauvignon Blancs from the Loire valley as well as New Zealand.  But despite drinking the stuff regularly, I never captured any notes, so here are my thoughts.

You can get Cloudy Bay for between £16 and £20 a bottle, from Harvey Nichols amongst other places.  I am not sure why Laithwaites charges an astonishing £26 per bottle!  Don’t pay it.

On opening the sensible screw cap, the taste was stewed rhubarb with brown sugar.  Some citrus emerges, probably white grapefruit.  It has a very long finish for a white wine and there is something floral or herby there – basil???

The word “zingy” was invented for Cloudy Bay.  The word “expensive” was invented for Laithwaites.  Don’t combine the two.  If you can get Cloudy Bay for £18 or less, then it’s a great value wine.

I am going to stick with it and I can’t wait for the 2007 to be released.

2 Responses to “Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2006”

  1. Golly Says:

    I think Cloudy Bay became a victim of its own success, people started charging silly money for it, or only selling you a couple of bottles if you filled up the rest of a case with random bottles. A backlash may stabilise pricing and allow people to choose it ‘cos it tastes good rather than because its THE wine to drink.

  2. Confessions of a Wino » Blog Archive » Isabel Marlborough 2006 Says:

    […] title of most expensive, was awarded, obviously, to Cloudy Bay 2006 Sauvignon.  A pure rhubarb delight but so it should be for the best part of £20.  This Isabel 2006 was […]

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