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Cloudy Bay

Cloudy Bay was established by David Hohnen [who also founded Western Australia’s prestigious Cape Mentelle estate] in 1985. It lies snuggled between the Pacific Ocean and the Richmond Range mountains in the Marlborough region of New Zealand at the top north-east of the South Island. Hohnen was inspired to embark on his New Zealand venture when in 1983, some Kiwi winemakers came to Margaret River, W.A., to taste, and left some bottles of Sauvignon Blanc. Hohnen was so amazed by the aromatics that he went over to New Zealand to investigate. Liking what he saw and, determined to produce what he had tasted and was unable replicate in Australia, he sourced grapes and enlisted fellow Aussie Kevin Judd to be his winemaker – so one of New Zealand's most quintessential wineries was actually founded by two Australians! The rest, as they say, is history. In a relatively short time Cloudy Bay have become iconic producers – known for their elegant and refined wines not just in New Zealand, but world-wide. Since 2003 they have been owned by the illustrious Louis Vuitton, Moet Hennessy group [LVMH]. The name Cloudy Bay was coined by Captain James Cook during a voyage to the region 1770 - he experienced flooding at that time, causing large amounts of sediment to be washed into the sea, and the resulting opaque appearance led him to christen the area Cloudy Bay. Cloudy Bay produced its first sparkling wine in 1987 – Pelorus. It is named after a dolphin, Pelorus Jack, who used to act as an unofficial pilot for ships entering the Marlborough Sounds. This has become Cloudy Bay’s symbol and in fact all Cloudy Bay bottles depict a little dolphin on the top of their closures. They produce a wonderfully layered and silky-smooth Pinot Noir, but Sauvignon Blanc is their flagship grape variety, sourced from nine different plots of land to create pure, succulent vibrant wines, It was chosen by the then Prime Minster John Key to serve the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge during their royal tour of New Zealand in 2014 and they were given a bottle of the fabulous Te Koko, Cloudy Bay's oaked Sauvignon Blanc, to take back home for the Queen. The portfolio of wines from this iconic producer are all truly exceptional!