This 2020 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.
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.
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 hang-time of the fruit on the vines to achieve physiological ripeness.
100% stainless steel fermentation using selected aromatic and textural yeast strains. Carefully monitored for a period of time on lees to help build palate weight and texture.
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