This sunny, warm and sheltered site produces intense fruit with powerful aromas of fresh herbs like rosemary and thyme, intermingled with exotic tropical fruits. The palate is rich and weighty with flavours of ripe peach and mango, finishing with a zest acidity.
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Southern Clays is a special sub-region within the Wairau Valley, situated on the dry eastern foothills of Marlborough. This sunny, warm and sheltered vineyard site produces intense Sauvignon Blanc fruit with powerful aromas of fresh herbs such as rosemary and thyme, intermingled with exotic tropical fruits. The palate is rich and weighty with flavours of ripe peach and mango, finishing with a zest acidity.
Vineyards and Winemaking
The Southern Clays Vineyard site is located at the base of the dry eastern foothills within the Wairau Valley of Marlborough. The soil type is predominantly clay which retains moisture throughout the growing season and produces intense textural wines. Sauvignon Blanc grapes require plenty of water throughout the growing season, the large leafy canopy helps produce intense tropical flavours and retain natural acidity.
Soils And Viticulture
A near-perfect growing season led up to 2020 harvest with fruit in pristine condition. The summer was dry with high sunshine hours during the day and the cooler nights that are typical for Marlborough. Yields were at their optimum level and the stable autumn weather allowed us to extend the hangtime of the fruit on the vines to achieve physiological ripeness.
A stunning rendition of the variety; showing lifted aromas of feijoa, passionfruit, kaffir lime and white floral notes, followed by a concentrated palate delivering excellent weight and persistency. It's finely textured with bright acidity, making it hugely appealing. 95 PointsSam Kim Wine Orbit