Te Koko

The 2019 growing season began with an early budburst after a mild winter and warm early spring. Late spring brought cool, unsettled weather during flowering, which meant lower-than-average yields. The weather continued through December, but Christmas brought the gift of warm, dry conditions until harvest.

The 2019 growing season began with an early budburst after a mild winter and warm early spring. Late spring brought cool, unsettled weather during flowering, which meant lower-than-average yields. The weather continued through December, but Christmas brought the gift of warm, dry conditions until harvest.



Forget all you know about New Zealand's Sauvignon Blanc

Cloudy Bay broke the winemaking rules to create a sophisticated style of New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc made through wild fermentation and aging in old French oak.


Nose
Te Koko 2019 is serious, subtle and complex. The nose is nuanced, with citrus, stone fruits and savoury notes of soft woodsmoke.
Palate
The palate is textural, layered and interesting. Mellow oak and mineral characters are balanced by the vibrant acidity and freshness of citrus and conference pear. A long and elegant finish draws together this dense and powerful wine, one that honours the original vision of making a truly unique Sauvignon Blanc.
Marlborough
A blend of six of our Sauvignon Blanc vineyards located within the Rapaura, Brancott and Renwick sub-regions
Free-draining gravel based soils with shallow sandy-loam horizons
broken clouds
Today
10°C
50°F
How it was made

Harvest

The Sauvignon Blanc harvest commenced on March 15th and was completed on April 2nd, the earliest finish to a Sauvignon Blanc harvest in the 34 years since Cloudy Bay was founded

 

Vinification

After gentle pressing and settling for a period of 24 hours, the juice was racked directly to French oak barrels (8% new) and large format wooden cuves, where it underwent a slow and steady fermentation that was initiated by indigenous yeasts. The primary fermentation progressed carefully, gaining complexity over four to five months under the watchful eye of our winemaking team. The wine rested in barrel on fine lees for 11 months, after which it was blended. The winemaking team decided to finish the ageing in a less oxidative approach, using stainless steel, concrete tanks and large format wooden cuves. Careful maturation in the cellar creates the unique texture and acid profile of Te Koko, with the resultant wine reposing a delicate balance.

Must know
Te Koko 2019
Marlborough
  • For consumption 50°F 54°F
  • Cellaring potential 10Years
    min
  • Alcohol 13.1 %
  • Vintage 2019
  • pH 3.00
  • Varietal Sauvignon Blanc
  • Bottling 04/2021
  • Harvest Friday, March 15, 2019 to Tuesday, April 2, 2019
  • Residual sugar 3.2 g/L
  • Acid 3.2 g/L
  • Closure Screwcap