Vinous Media Clos Henri, 2014 Clos Henri Sauvignon Blanc
"Bright, pale lemon-yellow. White nectarine, minerals and dusty nutmeg on the nose, complicated by a floral nuance and a leesy quality. Supple, spicy and generous, conveying an attractive touch of sweetness and subtle saline complexity to its pure flavors of apple and nectarine. Finishes slightly phenolic, dry and long. A concentrated, spicy, floral fruit bomb with real lift." –May 2016
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.