Indisputably, the southern clays (also called the Southern Valleys) enables Marlborough to play among the finest Pinot Noir terroirs in the world. Pinot Noir fruit sourced from the Broadbridge clay typically reveals femininity through its lacy tannins and delicate fruity palate, while fruit from Wither Clay captivates the senses by its more masculine characters, such as dense structure and fine tannins. Clos Henri is the elegant and complete expression of the best of these two clay soils. Its great aging potential is the ultimate revelation of the terroirs’ potential.
After hand picking, bunches are sorted, 20% are kept as whole cluster while the rest is destemmed before being transferred under gravity into large French oak vats with no crushing (100% whole berries). After spending one week cold soaking, the berries are fermented. We are looking for light extraction through gentle pump overs at the beginning of fermentation alternating with plunging mid fermentation. Fermentation and post ferment maceration last for three weeks. The wine is then aged for 12 months in 100% French oak barrels, 20% of which is new oak.