Wine Advocate Clos Henri, 2012 Clos Henri Pinot Noir
"Pale to medium ruby in color and revealing a wonderfully perfumed nose of lavender and roses wrapped around a good core of red cherries and pomegranate plus a touch of humus, the medium-bodied 2012 Pinot Noir is structured by a good backbone of grainy tannins and just enough acid to support the delicate red berry and earth flavors. It finishes long." â€“Dec 2014, Lisa Perrotti-Brown
Burghound Clos Henri, 2012 Clos Henri Pinot Noir
"(Wairau Valley, Marlborough, vine age from 8-13 years, 13.5%). Aromatically this is slightly riper than its 2013 counterpart though the fruit profile is otherwise quite similar. There is good richness, volume and solid mid-palate concentration to the delicious and caressing medium-bodied flavors that possess a velvety mouth feel before terminating in a sneaky long, balanced and seductive finale where the only nit is very mild hint of warmth. This is really quite pretty and itâÄôs already at a stage where it could be enjoyed now though I would be inclined to wait a few more years for better depth to develop."
After a cold-soak, this wine is fermented in small half-ton open fermenters with gentle hand-plunging to enhance optimum
color and tannin extraction. The wine matures in French barrels (30% new) and undergoes a light filtration prior to
bottling. The estate follows a very hands-off approach to winemaking, allowing the inherent beauty in the grape and the
soil to shine through in full.
2012 was one of the coolest growing seasons in New Zealandâ€™s recent history, with low yields and a delayed harvest. But sunny skies at harvest time turned out to be a saving grace. Small crops and tiny berries typically result in wines of delightful concentration & quality, with a better balance of sweetness and acidity.