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Villa Maria RES Marlborough Clifford Bay Sauvignon Blanc NV


Clifford Bay Sauvignon Blanc

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.

Tasting Notes

This Reserve Clifford Bay Sauvignon Blanc encompasses everything fresh and vibrant about Marlborough from the cooler and windier southern sub region, the 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.

Download full tasting notes: 20222020

Vineyards and Winemaking

The fruit used for this blend is grown in vineyards with coastal Awatere subregion
near the Pacific Ocean at the most easterly point of Marlborough, hence the namesake "Clifford Bay" or from vineyards exposed to cool southerly winds that influence a long, slow growing season with grapes retaining high natural acidities and retaining pungent green characters.

Soils And Viticulture

The Marlborough growing season started off well with very little frost pressure during spring. Flowering went without a glitch and due to healthy soil moisture levels the canopies looked lush and vibrant. The start of 2022 summer was slightly colder; February was below the long-term average in temperature, but the weather settled with a mild although slightly damp autumn.

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 points

Bob Campbell MW


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