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Cloudy Bay Te Koko 2015

Marlborough

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  • Decanter, 2020
  • James Suckling, 2020
  • Robert Parker, 2020
  • Wine Spectator, 2020
  • Neal Martin, 2020

Te Koko is Cloudy Bay’s ambitious project to create a rival to the great wines of Burgundy and Sancerre. Using wild yeasts, subtle oak and ‘malo’ for texture, it’s a 93 point triumph. This is a rare 5 year old parcel of it, creamy, round and exotic.

Te Koko is Cloudy Bay’s ambitious project to create a rival to the great wines of Burgundy and Sancerre. Using wild yeasts, subtle oak and ‘malo’ for texture, it’s a 93 point triumph. This is a rare 5 year old parcel of it, creamy, round and exotic.

Beyond the Label

Tasting notes

Creamy peach overlaid by smoky oak, still with bright citrus

Aroma

Smoky oak and gun flint, creamy citrus and tropical mango

Cloudy Bay Te Koko 2015

More information

  • 14.0% ABV
  • 10.5 Units
  • 750.00 ml
  • 31 December, 2023

The most famous name in New Zealand wine, Cloudy Bay produces the quintessential Marlborough style of Sauvignon. In addition, for the last 17 vintages the cellar has crafted Te Koko – a premium, barrel fermented version. It’s quite unique, regularly winning top scores of more than 90. Grapes are pressed and the juice transferred to oak casks (only 8% new) to undergo a slow ‘wild’ fermentation (ie using natural yeasts) lasting up to eight months. This process creates subtle and very well integrated oak notes in the wine, while part malolactic fermentation – like they use in Burgundy – adds a creamy dimension. Exotic, floral and smoky flavours combine with ample ripe tropical fruit. Fine food partners include lobster and roasted chicken.

"Plenty of chamomile and beeswax here, with dried lemon pith, grassy and woody complexity" James Suckling
Critic, 92 Points
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