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October 1, 2021 - Wine

Te Koko 2019

After two years without a release, Te Koko is back.
Picked from our very oldest vines, the 2019 Te Koko Sauvignon Blanc is serious, subtle and complex.

Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc is probably the most famous New Zealand white wine, but the variety still has a few secrets up its sleeve.
For viticulturist John Flanagan, Te Koko is Cloudy Bay’s ultimate test of focus and the search for perfection.

“After not making Te Koko for the last two vintages, it was important that we were able to not only make a 2019 Te Koko but make it a great example of this wine,” he says. “I think we’ve achieved that in spades, with a dense and powerful wine that honours the vision of the original winemaking team who dreamt of making a Sauvignon Blanc with a difference.”

John Flanagan

Nikolai St. George, our senior winemaker, is excited to finally unveil a wine that has been quietly maturing in our cellars.

“Since Te Koko is made with wild yeasts and barrel fermentation, it’s a wine that only appears when the fruit is perfect. 2019 was such a year.”

Nikolai St. George

Nikolai says this year’s twin release of Te Koko alongside our classic Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc is a unique opportunity to compare two great vintages and two unique styles.

“This year is a chance to explore our full vision of Sauvignon Blanc as a variety. Subtle seriousness meets vibrant intensity. I hope you have an opportunity to taste them side-by-side.”

For a closer look at Te Koko and the team that created it, check out the videos below.

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