Cloudy Bay Te Koko Sauvignon Blanc 2019

Forget all you know about New Zealand's Sauvignon Blanc...

Cloudy Bay broke the winemaking rules to create a sophisticated style of New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc made through wild fermentation and aging in old French oak.

The palate is textural, layered and interesting. Mellow oak and mineral characters are balanced by the vibrant acidity and freshness of citrus and conference pear. A long and elegant finish draws together this dense and powerful wine, one that honours the original vision of making a truly unique Sauvignon Blanc.

After gentle pressing and settling for a period of 24 hours, the juice was racked directly to French oak barrels (8% new) and large format wooden cuves, where it underwent a slow and steady fermentation that was initiated by indigenous yeasts. The primary fermentation progressed carefully, gaining complexity over four to five months under the watchful eye of our winemaking team. The wine rested in barrel on fine lees for 11 months, after which it was blended. The winemaking team decided to finish the ageing in a less oxidative approach, using stainless steel, concrete tanks and large format wooden cuves. Careful maturation in the cellar creates the unique texture and acid profile of Te Koko, with the resultant wine reposing a delicate balance.

13.1% abv.

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