Cloudy Bay Pelorus Sparkling NV

Cloudy Bay Pelorus Sparkling NV

Marlborough, New Zealand   |    750ml   |    13.5%
Cloudy Bay Pelorus is one of the finest sparkling wines to come out of New Zealand, hardly surprising given the impeccable pedigree of Cloudy Bay. Pelorus is a Chardonnay dominant blend has spent a noteworthy two years on its lees deriving character building yeast and toasty brioche notes, together with a luscious textural, creamy palate. There's plenty of ripe citrus and apple fruit, driving a palate that's lively, super fine, long and above all savoury.

"Lots of cracked yeast and bread, white peach and citrus - complexity and intensity here. Full flavoured, briney and high impact, with fine acidity and an attractive bubbly mouth-feel. Has some Champagne character, yet also has individual style and quality. Very good. Surprisingly so. Alcohol: 12.5%. Closure: screwcap. Date tasted: Dec 12. Drink: 2012-2018. Price: $35. Rating: 93 Points" - Gary Walsh; The Wine Front.

"93 Points. This chardonnay-dominant, traditional-method sparkling wine spends two years on lees before being disgorged. Although pinot noir occupies a minority role in the blend, it asserts itself with rich chocolate-like flavours and added palate weight. A portion of the base wine is held in large oak vats and small French oak barriques to give added complexity from the decomposing yeast lees and the oak. The wine is crisp and fresh with apple-like chardonnay flavours evident. They've got the dosage perfectly right - it's dry, but not searing dry."- Bob Campbell, Australian Gourmet Traveller Wine.

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Cloudy Bay Vineyards was established in Marlborough, New Zealand in 1985 by the founders of Cape Mentelle. 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, New Zealand.
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The pale straw colour and aromas of ripe citrus fruits indicate its chardonnay origins. A layered bouquet of apple and lemon citrus complements fresh bready notes derived from two years bottle ageing on lees. The deliciously crisp palate displays toasty, creamy complexity, enhanced by a lingering nutty finish. Chardonnay and pinot noir grapes are sourced from a combination of our grower and estate vineyards located within the Wairau Valley in Marlborough. Soils vary from stony free draining gravels to fine silt loams containing some clay. Vineyards are planted at a density of 1850 vines/ha and in an average year yield 9 tonnes/ha. The vines are trained to a standard vertical shoot positioned canopy.

Several different clones of chardonnay and pinot noir are used in the vinification of Pelorus Brut. All grapes are pressed without crushing and the juice is given a short period of settling which is followed by racking and inoculation with a pure strain of Montrachet yeast. The base wines are fermented and aged in a mixture of stainless steel tanks, large oak vats and small French oak barrels. Following a spontaneous malolactic fermentation the wines are left to age on lees for a further eight months prior to blending each November. The chardonnay predominant blend is put on tirage using prise de mousse yeast the following February and subsequently allowed to attain a minimum of two years lees ageing in the bottle before disgorgement

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