Cloudy Bay's Marlborough Pinot Noir journey began 30 years ago in 1985 with their first plantings of pinot noir grapes. Since that time the winemakers have relentlessly pursued their goal to make Pinot Noir which expresses the very best of the Marlborough region – taking a traditional, purist approach to crafting a complex, seamless pinot. Today Cloudy Bay Marlborough Pinot Noir is recognised as one of Marlborough's finest.
Cropped at very low levels from some of the finest vineyard sites in Marlborough, Cloudy Bay Pinot Noir is opulent and aromatic with a silky palate that reveals layers of dark red fruits, savoury dried herbs, and delicious toasty oak.
- NZ - Marlborough
Winery Tasting Notes
With an inviting, smokey nose of plum and black cherries, this Pinot Noir 2013 has overtones of baking spices and leather.
A soft palate entry supplemented by chalky tannins builds structure towards an intense, brooding finish.
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Cloudy Bay Vineyards was established in 1985 by Cape Mentelle Vineyards in Western Australia, and is today part of Estates & Wines, The Moët Hennessy Wine Division. Innovation, meticulous attention to detail and regional expression are the guiding principles of Cloudy Bay. The Cloudy Bay team is committed to producing ‘wines of region’ and strives to enhance the pure, bracing flavours and stunning vibrancy, naturally afforded by the climate and soils of Marlborough.
The winery and vineyards are situated in the Wairau Valley in Marlborough at the northern end of New Zealand's South Island. This unique and cool wine region enjoys a maritime climate with the longest hours of sunshine of any place in New Zealand. Cloudy Bay has 250 hectares over four estate vineyards, and long-term supply agreements with nine Wairau Valley growers. The main varieties grown are sauvignon blanc, chardonnay and pinot noir with lesser quantities of gewurztraminer, riesling, and pinot gris.
Cloudy Bay wines are exported to over 30 markets, the principal ones being Australia, United Kingdom, USA, Europe and Japan. Cloudy Bay believes that the future success of specialist wineries lies in the production of high quality wines from varieties best suited to specific regions. At Cloudy Bay, emphasis is placed on individual fruit character and the development of a recognisable estate wine style.
Cloudy Bay Vineyards was a founding member of the New Zealand Integrated Winegrape Production scheme, set up to develop a programme for sustainable vineyard management, which is now monitored by Sustainable Winegrowing New Zealand. Cloudy Bay’s impeccable scorecard reflects the company’s commitment to environmentally friendly winery and vineyard management practices.
The winery takes its name from the bay at the eastern extremity of the Wairau Valley, which was named Cloudy Bay by Captain Cook on his voyage to New Zealand in 1770. At the time of Cook’s discovery, Marlborough was in flood and the Wairau River running into the bay was full of silt creating cloudy waters.
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