Clos Henri, Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2017 essentially made by Frenchman in New Zealand. An elegant and restrained wine, the delicate nose unfolds to reveal flint, white peach and fresh lemon zest. Fleshy, white stone fruits and extended lees ageing imbue the palate with a richness, while the core minerality leaves a precise and focused finish. Food pairings revolve around seafood dishes and fragrant salads. Scallops or fresh oysters with a squeeze of lemon. For a salad, try rocket, pear and walnut with shaved parmesan. If you’re feeling game, try this Sauvignon Blanc against the d’Antan Silex. It’s a win-win!
The wine is fermented in 85% stainless steel and 15% old French oak barrels. No malolactic fermentation adding a lot of crispness to the palate. Extended fine lees maturation for 8 months adds texture to the palate.
The really cool thing about Clos Henri is that PTC has options spanning two countries. This wine is from Marlborough, which reinvented Sauvignon Blanc as we know it. Henri Bourgeois is one of the most established Vignerons in Sancerre. Through innovation and a lot of research, they decided to broaden the reach of their Sauvignon Blanc style. Clos Henri was born, fusing both the Old and New World. The Henri Bourgeois and Clos Henri wines give punters a unique opportunity to explore Sauvignon Blanc. Marlborough’s climate is dry maritime with warm days and cool nights. The vineyards are around 85m above sea level and situated on Greywacke river stone. Large stones absorb heat during the day and release it slowly during the night allowing the grapevines to stay warmer for longer. Its a densely planted vineyard, enhancing competition for nutrients. This is the best white wine from the area and you should definitely give it a try.