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Sir George Fistonich, Founder and President, standing holding a glass of red wine, in front of a Villa Maria winery sign outside the winery

Reserve Clifford Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2019

Marlborough
  • 75cl bottle

This 2019 Reserve Clifford Bay Sauvignon Blanc encompasses everything fresh and vibrant about Marlborough from the cooler and windier Awatere valley. Pungent aromatics of lemongrass, jalapeƱo and fresh herbs leap from the glass, with the classic flavour of limes and the crunch of freshly picked garden peas. 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.

Vineyards

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.

Vintage

Fruit set in the cool spring weather was lower than usual, resulting in the development of open bunches with small flavourful berries. From January onwards, Marlborough experienced a summer of the century, with a spell of long hot dry weather with moderately cool nights providing the perfect environment to ensure physiological and flavour ripeness whilst retaining freshness.

Winemaking

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.

Enjoy with:

  • Grilled and Roasted White Meats
  • Fish/Shellfish
  • Salads and Picnics
  • Mature Strong Cheeses
Delicious with seafood, especially freshly shucked oysters.