Clos Henri Estate Sauvignon Blanc
WHY WE LOVE IT
- The vineyard is planted in high density, encouraging competition between the vines and restraining vigor. This ensures the energy is diverted to the fruit. and resulting in concentrated berries.
- Dry farming and organic practices are used.
- The terroir for the vineyard is glacial stones, Wither and Broadbridge clays.
- The vines are between 10-18 years old and receive ample sunshine hours (2,523 hours).
- This wine is best served at 10°-12°C and can be aged for 3-5 years from vintage date.
Varietal Composition: 100% Sauvignon Blanc
Elaboration: The wine was fermented in stainless steel tanks to retain fruit purity and flavor; it was then aged on fine yeast lees for three months. Lees stirring over this time allows the wine to stabilize naturally, enabling us to fine the wine only once before a light, non-sterile filtration. This extended lees contact also helps the wine to gain roundness and texture.
Tasting Notes: Bright and inviting, the Estate Sauvignon Blanc has notes of ripe citrus, orange blossom and white peach. Juicy, with rich ripe stone fruits, the palate offers a refreshing acidity with satisfying weight and length. A wine showing excellent purity of place, there is a lingering mineral finish.
2019 – 95 James Suckling | 92 Wine Enthusiast
2020 – 95 James Suckling
2021 – 94 James Suckling
2022 – 93 Wine Advocate | 91 James Suckling | 91 James Sucking
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.”