Our Winemaking Philosophy
We are focused on preserving both varietal character and regional accuracy in all of our wines. Our winemaking regime has evolved to emphasize the inherent freshness, balance and structure of our fruit. After harvest, the white grapes are gently pressed, fermented and aged in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks to ensure freshness, bright aromatics, lush textures and balance. For Pinot Noir we use a combination of traditional and modern methods to emphasize both flavour and elegance. Our Chardonnay and Pinot Noir are aged exclusively in French oak.
Our Sauvignon Blanc is all about expressive fruit flavours. The wine possesses a light straw colour and tropical aromas of grapefruit and passion fruit. The palate exhibits the same fine flavours followed by a crisp, dry, mineral finish.
Bright aromatics define our Pinot Gris. Scents of pear, apple and jasmine blend to create a fresh summer-like bouquet. The off-dry palate is luscious, flavours mirroring the aromas with a signature Marlborough minerality and a crisp acidity.
As with every Clifford Bay wine, the fruit is the focal point here. A subtle dash of wood only enhances the citrus, apple and pear notes in the nose and on the palate.
Clifford Bay Pinot Noir is always a wine of elegance and balance. The bright garnet colour opens the door for vibrant aromatics packed with black cherries, violets, red fruits and spicy French oak. The flavours are intensely fruity, lush and delicious.