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Clifford Bay Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc

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The 2010 growing season was noteworthy for its extremes. Spring was cooler than normal then we settled into typical Marlborough weather patterns of dry, warm days and cool nights. November through April was slightly warmer and drier than average which allowed us to harvest for optimal flavours and freshness.

We are focused on preserving both varietal character and regional accuracy in all of our wines. Our winemaking regime emphasizes the freshness, balance and structure of our fruit. After harvest, the grapes are gently pressed, fermented and aged in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks to ensure bright aromatics, lush textures and balance.

Our Sauvignon Blanc is all about expressive fruit flavours. The wine possesses a light straw colour and tropical aromas of guava, melon and citrus. The palate exhibits the same fine flavours followed by a crisp, dry, flinty finish.

Winemaker's Notes

The 2010 growing season was noteworthy for its extremes. Spring was cooler than normal then we settled into typical Marlborough weather patterns of dry, warm days and cool nights. November through April was slightly warmer and drier than average which allowed us to harvest for optimal flavours and freshness.

We are focused on preserving both varietal character and regional accuracy in all of our wines. Our winemaking regime emphasizes the freshness, balance and structure of our fruit. After harvest, the grapes are gently pressed, fermented and aged in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks to ensure bright aromatics, lush textures and balance.

Our Sauvignon Blanc is all about expressive fruit flavours. The wine possesses a light straw colour and tropical aromas of guava, melon and citrus. The palate exhibits the same fine flavours followed by a crisp, dry, flinty finish.

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Clifford Bay Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc

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Michael Cooper (2011 Vintage) says
Bargain-priced. The 2011 vintage is fleshy, with tropical-fruit flavours, slightly spicy, ripe and rounded, and good immediacy.
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Michael Cooper (2006 Vintage) says
This consistently impressive, single-vineyard wine is grown in the Awatere Valley. The 2006 vintage is mouthfilling and aromatic, very crisp and lively, with rich, ripe flavours of gooseberries and currants, fresh and tangy.
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Michael Cooper (2003 Vintage) says
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Michael Cooper (2001 Vintage) says
A consistently impressive single-vineyard wine, grown in the Awatere Valley. The 2001 is a fragrant, fresh wine with vibrant fruit characters and strong melon/capsicum characters, balanced for smooth, easy drinking. The 2002 vintage is freshly aromatic, vibrant and zingy, with strong, intensely varietal melon and green capsicum characters and racy acidity in the classic regional style.
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Michael Cooper (1999 Vintage) says
The striking intense and lively debut 1997 vintage was grown in the Awatere Valley and made at the Vavasour winery by Glenn Thomas. The 1998 is also highly impressive. A slightly flinty, beautifully structured and incisive wine, it was 15 percent fermented in new French oak barriques; the rest was handled in tanks. Pale, it's deliciously weighty, fresh, lively and crisp, with intense, very pure, delicate and refined flavours and a rich, slightly nutty finish. The 1999 is again a winner, with fresh, piercing, limey flavours, racy acidity and a lasting finish.
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Michael Cooper (1998 Vintage) says
The striking intense and lively debut 1997 vintage was grown in the Awatere Valley and made at the Vavasour winery by Glenn Thomas. The 1998 is also highly impressive. A slightly flinty, beautifully structured and incisive wine, it was 15 percent fermented in new French oak barriques; the rest was handled in tanks. Pale, it's deliciously weighty, fresh, lively and crisp, with intense, very pure, delicate and refined flavours and a rich, slightly nutty finish. The 1999 is again a winner, with fresh, piercing, limey flavours, racy acidity and a lasting finish.
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Michael Cooper (1997 Vintage) says
The striking intense and lively debut 1997 vintage was grown in the Awatere Valley and made at the Vavasour winery by Glenn Thomas. The 1998 is also highly impressive. A slightly flinty, beautifully structured and incisive wine, it was 15 percent fermented in new French oak barriques; the rest was handled in tanks. Pale, it's deliciously weighty, fresh, lively and crisp, with intense, very pure, delicate and refined flavours and a rich, slightly nutty finish. The 1999 is again a winner, with fresh, piercing, limey flavours, racy acidity and a lasting finish.
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