Cloudy Bay Pelorus NV
- Toasty creamy complexity enhanced by a lingering nutty finish.
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- Pelorus is the sparkling wine of Cloudy Bay, comprising two styles crafted from Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes. Sunny skies and the long cool summer days of Marlborough ensure the slow ripening so essential for achieving the elegance, crispness and complexity inherent in a quality sparkling wine. Pelorus Vintage and NV are both produced using traditional vinification techniques; the grapes are hand-picked, and only the free-run juice is extracted to ensure palate softness and elegance. The base wines are fermented in a mix of stainless steel tanks, large oak vats, and small French oak barrels to give layers of complexity. These base wines undergo spontaneous malolactic fermentation, which softens the natural acidity and adds depth of flavour and richness. They then spend a minimum of eight months on yeast lees prior to blending and tirage.
This non vintage blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from the Cloudy Bay winery is pale straw in colour with a fresh citrus bouquet of apple and lemon with fresh bready notes derived from two years aging. The deliciously crisp palate displays a toasty creamy complexity enhanced by a lingering nutty finish.
- 'I've been turning to Cloudy Bay's sparkling wine since the late 1990s. This elegant example from Marlborough's Wairau Valley, produced by Tim Heath, is a blend of 70% chardonnay and 30% pinot noir. The subtle bready flavour combines with apple and citrus.' - Will Lyons, The Times, December 2017
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Prawns in batter would be a terrific combination with this wine.
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