From the historical Greywacke River Stone soil, this is the Clos Henri estate flagship wine. Their Sauvignon Blanc expresses a distinctive minerality in the form of flintiness, as well as an elegance underlined with excellent fruit purity. It is a wine of complexity and great ageing potential which will gradually reveal the authenticity of its origins with time in the cellar.
In the French tradition, our vineyard is planted in high density to encourage competition between vines and restrain vigour. This natural vigour control means the vines put more energy into the grapes, rather than the canopy - concentrating the berries. Dry farming (using no irrigation) also helps keep vigour under control. By stressing the vines to just the right level, it forces the roots to go deeper in the soil, thereby getting the purest expression of our terroir and showing more minerality
from the river stone soil.
Fermentation occurred in 85% stainless steel and 15% old French oak barrels. The wine was then aged on fine yeast lees for 8 months with lees stirring, both of which enable us to obtain a round Sauvignon Blanc with body and mouthfeel.
An elegant and restrained wine, the delicate nose unfolds to reveal flint, white peach and fresh lemon zest. Fleshy, white stone fruits and extended lees ageing imbue the palate with a richness, while the core minerality leaves a precise and focused finish.
Clos Henri is the Marlborough vineyard organically run by the famous Sancerre (Loire Valley, France) winegrowing family of Henri Bourgeois. Gathering 10 generations of know-how with Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir, the Bourgeois family wanted to broaden its horizons and continue crafting exceptional wines outside of France. To discover new terroir and diverse winemaking perspectives, they undertook a lengthy twelve-year world search for a site like their own in Sancerre, where ultra-premium Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir could be grown. After extensive exploration of possible wine regions globally, Marlborough presented itself with perfect soil matches for the varieties here in the Wairau Valley. The Clos Henri estate has three unique soil types on site which shape the different styles of Clos Henri wines. Join us in our tasting room, a quaint old chapel, as we guide you through those unique soil types expressed in our terroir driven wines. Gourmet cheese plates and French deli items available to enjoy.
BOB CAMPBELL MW
Quite a Sancerre-like sauvignon blanc with power, intensity, structure and a moderately rich texture. More restrained and vinous than many Marlborough examples. A wine of hidden depths with mineral and savoury characters. A good food wine that should develop well with bottle age.
CHRISTINA PICKARD - WINE ENTHUSIAST
In line with this biodynamic winery's attempts to reflect site and vintage as truly as possible, the 2017 Sauvignon is clearly from a cool year. Medium-gold in hue, the restrained nose is a quiet medley of citrus, tomato leaf, flint, salted nuts and toast, thanks to barrel maturation for a portion of the fruit. The palate is highly textural. There's very little fruit here (for a brighter, more approachable SB this vintage, try this producer's Petit Clos wine), and the finish feels like biting into a grape seed. But balance and complexity promises more interest in the coming years.