Wine Advocate Clos Henri, 2013 Clos Henri Sauvignon Blanc
"Opening with pronounced capsicum and vegetal notes amid an underlying apple and gooseberry core that is accented by a waft of wet pebbles, the 2013 Sauvignon Blanc delights with delicate flavors of pea pods, herbs and green apples plus a real pebbly character coming through in the long finish." –Dec 2014, Lisa Perrotti-Brown
VITICULTURE & WINEMAKING
In the French tradition, the vineyard is planted in high density (around twice higher than the New Zealand average). This, combined with small yields and Marlborough's naturally windy days, allow for a better fruit positioning, canopy management, and aeration. The result is the purest expression of stony terroir, reflected in the wine's intense minerality.
95% of the wine was fermented in stainless steel tanks, while 5% was fermented in old French oak barrels. The wine was aged on its fine lees for 8 months with lees stirring, both of which help to obtain a Sauvignon Blanc with a round, creamy mouthfeel. The wine is bottled unfiltered in order to maintain its complexity and integrity.
2013 VINTAGE NOTES: Wines from the 2013 vintage look closer in style to European wines than ever before. The Sauvignon
Blanc reached great flavor and ripeness levels without losing acidity and shows promising aging potential, along with the lovely mineral expression thanks, in part, to the extremely dry summer. The 2013 vintage shows that New Zealand is a true cool climate winegrowing country