Mild and sunny growing conditions followed an ideal spring, developing ripe and precise flavours within an elegant package. Cloudy Bay has selected the grapes for 2013 chardonnay from vineyard blocks located in the Brancott, Fairhall, Ben Morven and Central Wairau Valley sub-regions. Impressive in its youth, this is a wine to watch. Chardonnay 2013 Cloudy Bay has a complex nose offers layers of white peach, spring florals and well integrated smoke. The palate is richly textured with fleshy stonefruit and lemon citrus. 2013 chardonnay is mouthfilling yet balanced with fresh acidity giving it shape and focus. An elegant wine with a lingering and lively finish.
Wine Advocate-Parker :
The 2013 Chardonnay is quite a butterball of a style with rich buttered toast and ripe melon notes over a core of baked pineapple, guava and mango. The medium-bodied palate has a racy acid line to cut through the abundance of fruit and richness before finishing with great persistence.