The Reserve Clifford Bay is a classic example of concentrated and vibrant Sauvignon Blanc displaying powerful aromas of currants, wild grass, and fresh lime threaded with exotic herb notes.
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This 2018 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
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Vineyards and Winemaking
The cooler climate in the Awatere Valley is influenced by Mt Tapuae-o-uenuku with alpine winds flowing down the valley and from cooling easterly breezes coming inshore from Clifford Bay and the Pacific Ocean. This retains the natural acidity and emphasizes chalky-seashell and mineral texture on the
finish. Both Roberts and Gussin vineyards are very near the coast, therefore 73% 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 grown in the Rossmore and Checkley Vineyards, located inland with some
elevation further up the Awatere Valley. All four of these vineyards are late ripening sites which is key in their success in 2018.
Dry, concentrated Sauvignon Blanc with passionfruit, nettle, oyster shell and mineral flavours. Quite a textural wine with good weight and length. A pretty wine with good regional and varietal identity. 94 pointsBob Campbell MW