An exploration of wine

117. Cloudy Bay, Pelorus, NV (2003)

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This was the first of three sparkling wines at the Wine & Cheese Club’s Sweet & Sparkling event, and it showed-off New World sparklers quite well in a line-up that finished with my favourite Grande Marque Champagne, Taittinger. A Chardonnay-dominated Pinot Noir blend from the New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc ‘fashion house’, Cloudy Bay. This spelled a crisp and dry sparkling wine, which is what it was! Dry toast aromas (as opposed to buttered, or toasted brioche) and a dry flavour (a little too much for my tastes). Small-ish bubbles leant a little elegance, but not as much as Taittinger. Pale straw colour. Overall not bad – better value than bad Grande Marque Champagnes like Piper-Heidseick – but a little expensive.

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