Estate Sauvignon Blanc: Behind the Label

Estate Sauvignon Blanc: Behind the Label
Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc is one of the most popular wines in the world, and for good reason. It's known for its refreshing acidity, vibrant fruit flavors, and occasionally some herbaceous notes. But what makes Clos Henri Estate Sauvignon Blanc so special? Sauvignon Blanc is native to France, but it thrives in the cool, dry climate of Marlborough, New Zealand.
The region's cool, dry climate helps to preserve the grape's acidity, while the long, sunny summers help to develop fruitier aromas of peach, nectarine and ripe citrus. Our unique terroirs - Otira Glacial Stones and Waimaunga Windblown Clays - each bring their own signature to Sauvignon Blanc as well. Richness, texture and generosity come from the clays, whilst Sauvignon Blanc grown on the stones often exhibit a powerful minerality and finesse. 

The Estate Sauvignon Blanc is made from a blend of these two terroirs - entwined together perfectly to offer a delicious and vivacious style of Sauvignon Blanc which honours our Sancerre heritage while still showing the best of Marlborough fruit. 

200 years of winegrowing expertise, passed down from the Famille Bourgeois to our team in New Zealand, is carefully applied to our Estate Sauvignon. Using time-honoured techniques, such as lees-ageing, cool fermentation and low sulphur, we aim bring out the best in the grape. 
The nose is complex and inviting, with aromas of ripe pear, peach, and honeysuckle. There are also hints of mint and nettle, offering a touch of green, remniscent of the vintage. On the palate, the wine is full-bodied yet bright. The fruit flavors are ripe and juicy, while acidity is well-balanced, providing a refreshing touch. The finish is long and lingering, with hints of minerality.
This wine is a perfect match for a variety of dishes. It would be delicious with roasted chicken, salmon, or a creamy pasta dish. It could also be enjoyed on its own as an aperitif or dessert wine. Overall, this is a complex and well-balanced wine that is sure to please.

Behind the label

Our Estate Sauvignon Blanc label is a celebration of our efforts working towards biodiversity among our vineyards. Over the last 10 years we have replaced over 10 hectares of Pine trees with native New Zealand trees and shrubs, such as the South Island Kowhai. Our intention over the next 50 years is to grow this area to over 30 hectares and encourage the return of native species of birds and wildlife, such as tui, bellbirds and moreporks. 

This is an incredibly important aspect of our commitment to terroir - you can only truly capture the essence of a place, when it has returned to its most natural and original state. 
To learn more about our Marlborough Estate Sauvignon Blanc, visit our website or follow us on social media. We'll be sure to keep you updated on the latest news and releases from the region.

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