Clos Henri SV Clay Sauvignon Blanc 2016


They are terroir obsessed at Clos Henri, and this is their expression of Broadbridge clay soils, one of three particular soil types at their organic, Wairau Valley vineyard. The close planting of vines restrains Sauvignon’s natural vigour. Dry farming forces roots to dig deep. And after aging for 20 months on lees in 600 litre Austrian oak, the result is a Sauvignon Blanc with serious texture, concentration, that finishes with citrusy freshness and gentle salinity. And it’s all the more harmonious and complex for having bottle age.

Clos Henri was established in Marlborough in 2001, but this wine family’s story goes back 10 generations in France. We’ll pick up the story in the 1950’s, when Henri Bourgeois shifted his family's agricultural focus solely to winegrowing, and in particular to the terroir of Sancerre. This is where Sauvignon Blanc is very much at home in the Loire Valley. A couple of generations on and the family recognised how special Marlborough terroir is for the variety, and so Clos Henri was born. They gained full Biogro organic certification in 2013.