Ranked #20 of 210 2014 Sauvignon Blanc from Marlborough
Light to mid-yellow colour; the bouquet is pungent and very complex. It's honeyed, mealy and nutty, but passionfruit/tropical Marlborough sauvignon blanc fruit character also rockets through. Intense and powerful in the mouth; dry and stony/mineral, almost racy except that it's so powerful and strong. The finish is bone-dry and very long. A top wine in the making.
Drink: 2015 to 2027
92 Points Robert Parker
For those who might not know, Cloudy Bay's 2014 Te Koko is a barrel-fermented and -aged Sauvignon Blanc. In top vintages, it can come across as not dissimilar from a top-flight Graves. This one offers up smoky, herbal aromas, hints of passion fruit and nectarine. It's perhaps a touch less ripe and rich than some vintages, but it remains richly textured on the medium to full-bodied palate, finishing with mouthwatering notes of tangerine and vanilla. Somehow, this slipped through the cracks last year, but as it's still widely available, I've included it in this year's report.
Source: Robert Parker (Robert Parker Wine Advocate) by Joe Czerwinski. March, 2019