Clos Henri - Sauvignon Blanc - Marlborough

Clos Henri - Sauvignon Blanc - Marlborough 2017

White Wine
Organic
Screw Cap

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Item# 71015-17

Product Ratings

Wine Enthusiast 90pt
James Suckling 94pt

Tasting notes

The nose is refined and complex showing some citrus notes evolving into white peach aromas, with underlying chalky minerality. Delicate on the palate, the wine is textural and rich from the lees aging with layers of minerals, citrus and profound acidity balancing this dry and elegant wine, followed by a long finish.

Technical data

Climate: Dry maritime with warm
sunny days and cool nights.
Annual sunshine: 2443 hours
Average annual rainfall: 647 mm
Latitude: 41.3 degrees south
Altitude: 85 metres above sea level
Soil: Greywacke river stone
Planting density: High at 4400 vines/ha
Yield: 7t/ha
Clones: MS
Rootstock: RG, 101-14
Vine age: 8–13 year old vines
Alcohol: 13.5%
Residual sugar: <1g/l
Total acidity: 6.1g/l
pH: 3.06
Ageing potential: 5-6 years from vintage
Wine match: Lime and ginger scallops, crayfish or pan-fried snapper.

Viticulture

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.

Vinification

Fermentation occurred in 90% stainless steel and 10% 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.