jamie goode's wine blog: Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc 1986

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc 1986

It has been a lovely day. One to cherish. It's interesting how one good day counts for at least as many as three or four bad days, cancelling out all the negative energy. We went over to my younger sister's place in Gerrard's cross, where we met with her family, my twin sister's family and my parents. It was good fun, with a BBQ, some football, some cricket, a bit of table tennis and some table football, as well as numerous young kids running riot.

I digress. I wanted to post a belated note on a remarkable wine that Oz Clarke brought along to a recent icon Sauvignon Blanc tasting as a blind ringer, which I have just written up here. It turned out to be the 1986 Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc. This was just the second vintage of this iconic wine, and it was a real treat to taste this piece of Marlborough 'archeaology', which has survived remarkably well. The 2000, tasted this August, had also evolved in interesting ways.

My note, as written blind:

Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc 1986 Marlborough, New Zealand
Deep yellow/gold colour. Intense, herby nose with a hint of greenness, as well as toast, honey and butter notes. Bold palate is very rich with savoury, herby characters. Very unusual. A distinctive style with lots of weight and some sweetness. Quite remarkable. 92/100

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At 9:34 AM, Anonymous Robert said...

Really interesting read on SBs Jamie, thanks!

At 6:20 PM, OpenID ithacork said...

i assume this was sealed with a cork? it will be interesting to see how 25-year old screwcapped kiwi SBs will do, once there are some around.

At 8:59 AM, Blogger Jamie said...

Yes, cork sealed.

At 8:38 AM, Anonymous Wine Rambler said...

Thanks for this post - I have been interviewing people from a NZ winery recently, but as they have only been in the business for a good ten years or so they could not really tell very much about how well there SB do age (see http://www.winerambler.net/blog/winery-interview-astrolabe-wines-new-zealand-winemaking-sauvignon-blanc-web-20-wine-world). So it is good to hear what a really old kiwi Sauvignon Blanc can be like. Thanks for sharing!


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