COUNTRY/REGION: New Zealand/Marlborough.
GRAPE VARIETIES: 100% Sauvignon Blanc.
This 2019 Reserve Clifford Bay Sauvignon Blanc encompasses everything fresh and vibrant about Marlborough from the cooler and windier Awatere valley. Pungent aromatics of lemongrass, jalapeño and fresh herbs leap from the glass, with the classic flavour of limes and the crunch of freshly picked garden peas.
VINEYARDS: The Graham, McKee and Gussin Vineyards are very near the coast and 75% of this blend is from this very cool and windy part of the Awatere Valley imparting a linear structure and chalky salinity to the wine. The remainder is from our Blackbirch Vineyard, located inland with 200m elevation on the northern bank of the Awatere River.
VINTAGE: Fruit set in the cool spring weather was lower than usual, resulting in the development of open bunches with small flavourful berries. From January onwards, Marlborough experienced a summer of the century, with a spell of long hot dry weather with moderately cool nights providing the perfect environment to ensure physiological and flavour ripeness whilst retaining freshness.
HARVEST: During night-time cooler temperatures.
FERMENTATION: Selected aromatic & textural yeast strains 100% stainless steel fermentation.
MATURATION: Carefully monitored period of time on yeast lees to help build.