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Southern Clays Vineyard
VillaMaria RES Marlborough SouthernClays SauvignonBlanc NV


Southern Clays Sauvignon Blanc

Sheltered in the warmer southern valleys sub region of Marlborough, Southern Clays Sauvignon Blanc delivers extraordinary fruit flavours and aromatics, with silken texture from the dense clay soils in which it is grown.

Tasting Notes

These sunny, warm and sheltered vineyard sites from Southern Clays subregion within Marlborough produce intensely flavoured grapes. This wine exhibits concentrated aromas of exotic fruits like mango and passionfruit which intermingle with fresh herbs. The palate has a rich texture from the dense clay soils. Enticing flavours of ripe guava and grapefruit are framed by a salivating minerality and zesty acidity.

Download tasting notes: 2023

Vineyards and Winemaking

Southern Clays is a special sub-region in the Wairau Valley, Marlborough. Several special vineyard sites are located at the base of the dry eastern foothills. 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

The Marlborough growing season started off well with very little frost pressure during spring. The growing season provided us with healthy soil moisture levels, the canopies looked lush and vibrant. The start of 2023 summer was mild; February was below the long-term average in temperature. This resulted in thick grape skins that provided us with ample flavour. The weather settled over the harvest season and delivered a beautiful, dry and warm Indian summer.

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