Saturday, December 8, 2012

2009 Cloudy Bay "Te Koko" Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough New Zealand




2009 Cloudy Bay "Te Koko" Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough New Zealand

Who has had a taste for the extraordinarily complex and rich Pouilly-Fume wines that late Loire Valley wild boy and Sauvignon Blanc Icon Didier Dagueneau used to craft, will love Te Koko.

I had the pleasure to meet Didier at a few tastings back in the mid 90's and will never forget these brief yet memorable encounters. Wherever you are now, I'm sure you continue to craft wonders in your very unique style characteristic of your personality. Hommage a toi Didier, the wine world misses you and your gems.

"The grapes were harvested in the cool of night to preserve fruit flavor and loaded immediately into the presses. After settling the juice for a period of two to three days, the juice was racked directly to French oak barrel (less than 10% of which were new) and allowed to undergo a slow wild or “natural” fermentation. The primary fermentation, which took until December (8 months) to complete in some batches, was followed by a spontaneous malolactic fermentation. The wine was left in barrel on yeast lees until October 2010, when it was racked and lightly fined for clarity. The wine was bottled mid November." - Courtesy of http://www.cloudybay.co.nz

Behind its clear, clean pale yellow robe with greenish nuances, Te Koko 2009 presents a nice, clean and aromatic nose full of mineral, floral and slightly oaky notes mingling with zesty white and yellow fruit. Lovely and expressive despite the woody hints which are quite present yet well integrated to the other aromas. At first, in the palate, it almost feel like a white Burgundy somewhat similar to those of Domaine Leflaive, yet with a touch less mineral, but with ripper fruit. The rich texture is definitely reminiscent of a good and ample Pouilly Fume. The mineral and acidity balance well the voluminous mid-palate and gently extend towards the long finish.  Loved it. (Tasted 2.11.2012)

Enjoy,

LeDom du Vin


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