The week in pictures: Hong Kong

Cloudy Bay has released its 2019 Sauvignon Blanc in Hong Kong. Yang Shen, estate director of Cloudy Bay, hosted a tasting session to celebrate the launch.

Shen said: “This vintage is likely to be remembered as one of the great Marlborough vintages, and we have created a Sauvignon Blanc that perfectly balances ripeness and freshness. The quality is a testament to our great vineyards, our hardworking teams and a season where everything just came together.”

The 2019 season started with an early budburst after a mild winter and warm early spring. Cool and unsettled weather came through the region in late spring, around the time of flowering, leading to lower yields than average.

This unsettled weather was replaced after Christmas with consistently warm and dry conditions, which extended all the way into harvest, allowing fruit to ripen evenly on the vines. With almost perfect conditions over harvest, the grapes proved concentrated and complex.

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