新西蘭Cloudy Bay日前發表酒廠的第35支年份Sauvignon Blanc —— Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2019。Sauvignon Blanc向來是Cloudy Bay最具代表性的酒款，馥郁、精緻、富含果香和獨特礦物味道，清新細膩的口感有著別樣的魅力。
Cloudy Bay releases its 35th vintage Sauvignon Blanc, Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2019. Sauvignon Blanc has always been the most representative wine of Cloudy Bay. It is rich in aroma, with fruit and unique mineral taste. Its fresh and delicate taste are glamourous.
Cloudy Bay成立於1985年，是率先進駐Marlborough的酒莊之一，當時的Marlborough尙是未被發掘潛力的地區，而如今Marlborough已成全球首屈一指的葡萄酒產區，足見創辦人David Hohne的精準眼光和卓越遠見。
Founded in 1985, Cloudy Bay is a pioneer and visionary, who was convinced of New Zealand wines’ great potential. The winery was among the first five to be established in Marlborough, and is now highly regarded for the superlative quality and consistency of its wines.
在 2019 年釀酒期初，紐西蘭和暖的冬末初春氣候使葡萄提早發芽，及後至春末開花期的寒冷不穩定天氣，導致葡萄產量降低。這乍暖還寒的天氣到聖誕節後才被乾燥溫暖的天氣所取代，並一直持續到收成期。於近乎完美的生長條件下，晶瑩透徹的葡萄得以在樹上均勻成熟並進行採收。
The 2019 season started with an early budburst after a mild winter and warm early spring. Cool and unsettled weather came through the region in late Spring, around the time of flowering, leading to lower yields than average. This unsettled weather was replaced after Christmas with consistently warm and dry conditions, which extended all the way into harvest, allowing fruit to ripen evenly on the vines. With almost perfect conditions over harvest, the grapes were picked at ideal maturity, proving concentrated and complex.
被挑選製作成 Cloudy Bay 2019 年份的 Sauvignon Blanc，是從近八十款不同的葡萄酒中精挑細選混釀而成，成熟度和新鮮度達至完美平衡、酒體卓越，深具陳年潛力。
Around eighty parcels of wine were tasted by the Cloudy Bay blending committee, with only the very best parcels chosen for the blend.
日前筆者受邀參與了Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2019的品嘗會，除了品嘗酒莊的豐碩成果Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2019外，也品嘗了數款Cloudy Bay品鑒委員會精挑細選用以製作Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2019的數款單一葡萄田出產的Sauvignon Blanc。數款原酒各具特色，有的果香馥郁，有的帶清新獨特的青檸味道，還有的富有甜美蜜糖味道。這幾款原酒經過釀酒師的巧手，以恰當比例混釀後，就變成了個性豐富而有層次的Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2019。
A few days ago, I was invited to the Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2019 tasting. In addition to the newly released, I have also tasted some single vineyard Sauvignon Blanc that are blended in the 2019 vintage. Each of the single vineyard wines has its own characteristics, ranging from fruity, fresh and distinct lime flavours to sweet and luscious honey flavours. The single vineyard wines were mixed in the right proportion with the skill of the winemaker and became Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2019 with nice complexity and structure.
Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2019年份,酒精度:13.1%
Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2019 at 13.1%
Nose: Expressive in the glass, with notes of bright, ripe citrus, kaffir lime, passionfruit and white peach.
Taste: A vibrant and mouthwatering palate, with concentrated, juicy tropical notes melding with zesty citrus, stone fruits and subtle notes of orchard blossom.
Finish: A lively grapefruit acidity, carrying the intense fruit characters through to an impressively long finish.