Cloudy Bay was the wine that catapulted New Zealand sauvignon blanc to international fame, establishing such a cult following that demand substantially exceeds supply. The Cloudy Bay winery takes its name from a cove at the northeast of New Zealand’s South Island although the grapes are actually grown further inland in Marlborough. The wines are made by Tim Heath who has recently taken over from Kevin Judd, the original winemaker.
Cloudy Bay is now owned by French luxury goods house, LVMH, which has taken the brand to even greater levels of desirability. There are 140 hectares of estate-owned vineyards, supplemented by contract growers, whose fruit is of such high quality that a number of them have historically gone on to bottle and sell very successfully in their own right. Pelorus is the sparkling wine made from chardonnay and pinot noir using the traditional method and produces a classy Kiwi sparkler. Pinot noir is also successfully made under the Cloudy Bay label as a single varietal in a fresh, supple and silky style.