Wine Of The Week

Cloudy Bay 2012 Te Koko Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough, $45

Ever wondered why Te Koko doesn’t feature “Sauvignon Blanc” on the front label? It’s because Te Koko is less about a grape variety and more about an array of tastes and textures many of which have nothing to do with grape flavour. Once you take that notion on board it’s easy to relax and enjoy the experience of a complex and texturally pleasing wine. Yes, you can pick ripe Sauvignon Blanc flavours if you concentrate, but it’s easy to be distracted by the array of nut, bran biscuit and spicy flavours that make the wine so interesting. The texture is rich, smooth and mouth-filling. (Screwcap) Score: 96 ★★★★★ – view on

Alcohol: 13.5%

Ageing: 2015-2019

Food match: Seared new seasons Coromandel scallops, roasted pine nuts, golden raisins, carrot & cumin & preserved lemon beurre blanc

Stockists: Caro’s Wines, Auckland; Regional Wines, Wellington

Ranked #2 of 162 2012 Sauvignon Blanc tasted from Marlborough

Price Benchmark: $41.66 Avg 96pt 2012 Sauvignon Blanc tasted from New Zealand

Winery Rating: 96.9 Weighted average of their top 5 recently tasted wines

Price Rating Map & Vintage Chart: How does this wine fit into the winery’s range?

Cloudy Bay Te Koko 2012 360

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