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Our home is the famed Marlborough winegrowing region on New Zealand’s South Island.Our name comes from nearby Clifford Bay, located at the eastern entrance of the Cook Strait and the Tasman Sea. To the north are the stunning White Cliffs and beyond that is Cloudy Bay. Since our first vintage in 1997 we have worked diligently to produce fruit-driven wines that are finely balanced, refreshing and pure.
The Marlborough growing region is a diverse landscape, marked by expansive, flat valleys, streams, jagged hills and mountains. As well as being home to the idyllic Marlborough Sounds, it is the largest wine producing region in New Zealand. Marlborough is one of New Zealand’s sunniest and driest areas: the region receives about 2,400 sunshine hours per year. Warm days, cool nights and an average daily temperature of 18º C (64º F) ensure that Marlborough wines possess vibrant fruit flavours, firm acidities and heightened aromatics.
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.