Cloudy Bay Te Koko 2016

Cloudy Bay Te Koko 2016

 

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Cloudy Bay
Te Koko 2016
  • Vintage : 2016
  • Country : New Zealand
  • Region : Marlborough
  • Subregion
  • Type : White
  • Style Medium Bodied Aromatic Dry
  • Format : 75cl
  • Alcohol : 14°
  • Grappes : 100% Sauvignon Blanc

Cloudy Bay Te Koko is an individual expression of the sauvignon blanc grape, a complex and savoury wine that is both deliciously aromatic and richly textured. Released as a mature wine, it is a full-bodied, alternative style of sauvignon blanc from Cloudy Bay. 

Experts Score Vintage
RP Robert Parker 93 2015
JR Jancis Robinson 93 2015
JS James Suckling 94 2014
WS Wine Spectator 92 2014
WE Wine Enthusiast 91 2013
VN Vinous (Antonio Galloni) 89+ 2013
More information on wine critics and ratings

Robert Parker (RP) : 93 Points (2015)
As more wineries have adopted this style of Sauvignon Blanc, Te Koko isn't the standout wine it once was. That doesn't mean it's not still excellent. The 2015 Te Koko offers pungency and passion fruit on the nose, followed by a wine of great concentration and intensity. Hints of struck flint add complexity, while the mouth-filling palate boasts a rich, multilayered texture and a lingering finish. Only 8% aged in new French oak and about a third of the wine went through malolactic fermentation, leaving it with crisp acids and a great sense of elegance and balance.

Jancis Robinson (JR) : 93 Points (2015)
As more wineries have adopted this style of Sauvignon Blanc, Te Koko isn't the standout wine it once was. That doesn't mean it's not still excellent. The 2015 Te Koko offers pungency and passion fruit on the nose, followed by a wine of great concentration and intensity. Hints of struck flint add complexity, while the mouth-filling palate boasts a rich, multilayered texture and a lingering finish. Only 8% aged in new French oak and about a third of the wine went through malolactic fermentation, leaving it with crisp acids and a great sense of elegance and balance.

James Suckling (JS) : 94 Points (2014)
This has developed wonderfully in the bottle with sliced-peach, lemon and mineral aromas that follow through to a medium-bodied palate, subtle fruit, attractive palate tension and a fresh finish. Screw cap.

Wine Spectator (WS) : 92 Points (2014)
A complex, rich and layered wine, showing honey overtones and dried honeysuckle accents to peach, apricot and Key lime flavors, with spice and ginger notes lingering on the long finish. The texture is supple, with plenty of acidity to keep the flavors bright and fresh. Drink now.

Wine Enthusiast (WE) : 91 Points (2013)
The most recent release of Te Koko seems tamer, more controlled than some previous vintages. It's Graves-like in style, offering up toast, vanilla and passion fruit notes, ample weight and a fine, silky finish that goes on for minutes. It embodies elegance and precision in place of wildness and raw power.

Vinous (Antonio Galloni) (VN) : 89+ Points (2013)
Bright yellow. The wine's sexy oak component complements its aromas of stone fruits and minerals. Tactile and densely packed, boasting lovely clarity, with lemon drop and stone fruit flavors dominating. The fruit is a bit suppressed on the finish, which shows a slightly sour edge and a touch of dryness (the wine was de-acidified just before the bottling). This youthfully disjointed wine displays a less harmonious texture than the flagship 2015 Sauvignon Blanc but is still very young. Will it achieve greater balance with time in the cellar? It certainly showed more citrus and stone fruits and honey with aeration, not to mention more weight. Incidentally, this was the first year that Cloudy Bay made this wine from their four oldest parcels; previously it was a selection of the best fruit. "The Te Koko used to be more tropical," noted Sorrell, adding that, in the future, Cloudy Bay will be picking this fruit earlier and retaining more solids.

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Cloudy Bay Te Koko 2016 Reviewed by Robert Parker 21-02-2020 . Score: 4.5