Clos Henri Estate Pinot Noir
WHY WE LOVE IT
- Sourced from various terroirs across the estate vineyard, this Pinot Noir is representative of the unique soil, topography, and climate of the area. The terroir is glacial stones, wither and Broadbridge clays.
- The climate is dry maritime with warm sunny days and cool nights.
- The vine age is between 10-18 years.
- Following the French tradition, the vineyard is planted in high density, encouraging competition between vines and restraining vigor. This ensures the vines divert their energy to the fruit, resulting in concentrated berries.
- Dry farming and organic practices are used.
- The wine can be aged between 5-10 years from vintage.
Varietal Composition: 100% Pinot Noir
Elaboration: This wine was fermented in stainless steel open tops and then aged in large (7,500 l) French oak vats for 11 months. Aging in large oak vats, instead of smaller barrels, gives the wine great balance with subtle oak which enriches structure while retaining aromatic intensity and brightness.
Tasting Notes: Freshly squeezed cherries and plums, our Estate Pinot Noir is flush with abundant aromas of dark red fruits and a liquorice undercurrent. Exuberant and densely concentrated, the lively palate has notes of cherry liqueur and macerated plums which are all bound together with firm, textural tannins.
Nestled under the southern foothills of Marlborough’s Wairau Valley, Clos Henri is the wine estate meticulously established and organically run by the famous Sancerre wine growing family of Henri Bourgeois. From the three different soil types of the estate, the family uses the best of French and New World winegrowing techniques to capture the essence of Marlborough’s intense character and reveal the identity and depth of the Clos Henri terroir. Textural and elegant, these wines are quite a bit different from the New Zealand “norm.”