Cloudy Bay’s 30th Anniversary Vintage with Ian Morden @ Southern Rock Seafood, Bangsar

So there I was as Southern Rock Seafood in Bangsar the other day to celebrate Cloudy Bay's 30th Anniversary over a casual wine-pairing session. The estate’s 2015 vintage was revealed too, a vintage boasting in overall provenance of Cloudy Bay wines. In addition, the pairing session also showcased Cloudy Bay’s flagship wines, Cloudy Bay Chardonnay 2013 – the intriguing, textural wine with pure fruit flavours and the Cloudy Bay Pinot Noir 2013 – the inviting red still wine.

Cloudy Bay’s 30th Anniversary Vintage with Ian Morden @ Southern Rock Seafood, Bangsar
Cloudy Bay’s 30th Anniversary Vintage with Ian Morden @ Southern Rock Seafood, Bangsar



In 1985, Cloudy Bay captivated the wine world with its fresh, aromatic and vibrant Sauvignon Blanc. With an innovative spirit and devotion to the highest quality, Cloudy Bay put the New Zealand wine industry on the map and secured its place as the genuine, authentic Sauvignon Blanc. That afternoon at Southern Rock Seafood, the spirit of the estate continues its drive for excellence in an interactive media engagement, hosted by Cloudy Bay’s visiting Estate Director, Ian Morden.


The venue, Southern Rock Seafood in Bangsar, KL
The venue, Southern Rock Seafood in Bangsar, KL 
Cloudy Bay’s visiting Estate Director, Ian Morden
Cloudy Bay’s visiting Estate Director, Ian Morden

Guests were welcomed to the venue with a glass of Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2015 and were brought through a journey on how Cloudy Bay’s 30th Anniversary vintage came about. Despite the adversity due to the season’s drought-like conditions, the 2015 vintage is a fresh and vibrant hallmark expression of a Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc produced.

Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2015
Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2015

The event kicked off with a serving of Cloudy Bay oysters and Irish Gallagher specials suggested to be paired with the Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2015, bringing out the acidity and fruitiness of the sauvignon blanc and intensifying the flavors of the oysters. Guests were also invited to pair the oysters with Cloudy Bay Chardonnay 2013. Ian Morden pointed out that the pairing help accent the mineral qualities of the oysters, making the entire combination taste fresh and reminiscent of the bay where it originated from. 

Cloudy Bay oysters, paired with Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2015
Cloudy Bay oysters, paired with Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2015


It was also revealed that the shellfish, presented during the pairing was from the same bay as the leading New Zealand wine – Cloudy Bay. Josh Green, owner of Southern Rock Seafood explained that the oysters and clams paired so effortlessly well with Cloudy Bay wines as it origins can be traced back to the bay where it all begun.

Josh Green, owner of Southern Rock Seafood speaking to us about his oysters
Josh Green, owner of Southern Rock Seafood speaking to us about his oysters


The Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2015 and Cloudy Bay Chardonnay 2013 were paired next with freshly flown-in diamond shell clams. It was a harmonious match with Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2015, which boosted the sweetness of the juicy clams. The very same clams were then tasted alongside with Cloudy Bay Chardonnay 2013, which yielded a very well-rounded and refreshing finish. This further reveals the versatility and structure of Cloudy Bay wines.


The Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2015 and Cloudy Bay Chardonnay 2013 paired with freshly flown-in diamond shell clams
The Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2015 and Cloudy Bay Chardonnay 2013 paired with freshly flown-in diamond shell clams

Tasmanian Petuna Ocean Trout was served next accompanied with a glass of Cloudy Bay Pinot Noir 2013. The chalky tannic flavors of the Pinot Noir coupled with the heartier ocean trout was an ideal match, accentuating a great persistence and structure of this medium bodied red wine. 

Tasmanian Petuna Ocean Trout
Tasmanian Petuna Ocean Trout
Pretty ladies serving us Cloudy Bay wines
Pretty ladies serving us Cloudy Bay wines

As the afternoon wound to a close, Ian Morden reminded guests that Cloudy Bay wines are not only excellent with shellfish but a wide array of food, perfectly showcasing structure and textural intrigue to the palate. As Cloudy Bay wines continued to pour at Southern Rock Seafood, Ian Morden spoke about the remarkable stories of the world class estate, opening a window of the history of Cloudy Bay and the Marlborough wine region through the estate’s 30th anniversary vintage, the Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2015.




25 comments :

  1. You go ahead, I'll help myself to the food... :D

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  2. wah, i wish i can go too, yummy

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  3. Happy 30th anniversary~ I wanna try the seafood!

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  4. My brother would love to attend this event shuould he is around.
    He is great with wine and dine.
    Hehehe

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  5. One cool post that perfectly suitable for my friends. Though the food looks tempting.

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  6. Of all the yummy food photos, I don't know why I am most fascinated by the specs of Josh Green. Did you notice it??

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  7. oh so cool and yet classy. food look super delicious too.

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  8. it's so fine!! suit for fine fining!!

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  9. Happy 30th Anniversary to Cloudy Bay. Like all the photos in this post. The oyster catch my attention. XD

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  10. Oh don't know too much about wine though, though I would love to have a piece of the oyster :P

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  11. You cant go wrong with Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc, one of my favourite with my seafood.

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  12. Cloudy Bay oysters, paired with Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2015 looks really tempting. Will give it a try since oyster is my favourite. Hard to find really fresh one.

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  13. win liou looooooo.... good life like mad lor you....

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  14. Wow oysters and wine really a perfect match! Hope can get a try next time with beloved one! Look so tempting!

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  15. Happy 30th anniversary! It looks like a great celebration with nice wine and nice food! hehe

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  16. Happy 30th Anniversary and I attract by the fresh oyster. I wish I was at the event. Haha

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  17. That is good life wei! hhahaha. I can never learn to appreciate oysters and wine. Weak tummy ><

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  18. Wow oysters jom, your least favorite food, so that I can have yours hehe

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  19. This is seafood cooked to perfection. Reading this in the morning makes me feel so hungry! T.T

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  20. wine and oysters.... oooohh... set the mood for some romantic night.... hehehe

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  21. fine wine, nice seafood and pretty girls, you are seriously living the life isaac.

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  22. Wahhhhhh, wish I can go too! T_____T

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  23. so so nice of you always get invitation to attend this awesome event with nice wine and tasty yummy foods :) Cheers, https://siennylovesdrawing.wordpress.com/

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  24. oysters look fresh ^^
    Singapore have outlet ?

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  25. The seafood here looks great Isaac. The dishes are so tempting. Happy 30th anniversary!

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