We are pleased to announce the release of the new vintages of our Petit Clos and Clos Henri ranges:
Petit Clos Pinot Noir 2016: Sourced from the younger vines of our estate, the 2016 vintage was fermented in stainless steel open tops and then aged in large French oak vats for 11 months. Ageing in large oak vats, instead of smaller barrels, gives the wine great balance with subtle oak which enriches structure while retaining aromatic intensity. Petit Clos Pinot Noir 2016 is a juicy wine with red berries flavours on the palate supported by very fine and supple tannins while retaining freshness all the way to the long finish.
Petit Clos Sauvignon Blanc 2016: sourced from our younger vines of the estate, 2016 has spent six months on its fine lees stirred every second week to enhance the structure we are consistently aiming for at Clos Henri. The wine will soon be racked, individual parcels blended to give birth to the new Petit Clos. This is a fresh vintage showing more fruity notes than the previous vintages and mainly dominated by a ripe citrusy character. This new vintage has already received some good scores by Wine Orbit (90 points) and Raymond Chan (4 stars).
Clos Henri Sauvignon Blanc 2015: as you are well aware, over the years, in Sancerre as well as in Marlborough, we have gained reputation for making age worthy Sauvignon Blanc and one key aspect in the crafting of such wines is to give the wine time to mature. After 18 months in our cellar, the 2015 Clos Henri is showing an outstanding concentration and complexity which is so characteristic of the Greywacke River Stones soil. It is probably one of the best Sauvignon Blanc we have crafted so far in New Zealand. As a confirmation of our belief, the Wine Enthusiast Magazine just scored the wine an impressive 93 points and even better, it has been selected in the Top 100 Wines of 2016! This vintage has also received a Silver Medal in the Concours Mondial du Sauvignon 2017. In addition, it obtained 95 points by Wine Orbit and 5 stars by Raymond Chan.