2015 Clos Henri (Henri Bourgeois) Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough (Previously $25)

SKU #1315375 95 points Bob Campbell

 Unusually produced from non-irrigated vines. Delicately aromatic sauvignon blanc with mineral, citrus and subtle herbal flavours. Very textural wine thanks to a 10% barrel-fermented component. A wonderfully pure and subtly complex sauvignon.

95 points Sam Kim

 This is a glorious expression; the complex bouquet shows grapefruit, feijoa, nectarine and jasmine with nuances of flint and almond. It is concentrated and impressively weighted on the palate, and delivers waves of attractive flavours and fine texture, superbly structured by juicy acidity. The wine is generous yet elegant, and exhibits awesome power and length. At its best: now to 2024.

93 points James Suckling

 This has plenty of depth and detail with lime juice, some lime curd and clotted cream as well as powerful acidity and plenty of weight. The refined and powerful fruit here is striking. Some smoky and nutty flavors to close. Drink now.

93 points Raymond Chan

 Bright, pale straw-yellow colour with some depth and green hues on the rim. The nose is very refined and firmly concentrated with penetrating aromas of gooseberries, white stonefruits and white florals, unfolding nuances of fresh herbs. The aromatics are taut and tightly bound, unfolding soft nuances of minerals. Dry to taste and medium-bodied, the palate is tight and firmly concentrated with a core of gooseberries and white stonefruits, white florals and chalky minerals. The fruit shows depth, fruit extract, fine body and textural presence, along with a fine line of crisp acidity lending drive and adding to the linearity. The wine carries to a tightly bound, elegantly lingering finish of stonefruits, minerals and herbs. This is a refined, taut and firm Sauvignon Blanc with white stonefruit and gooseberry flavours, mineral notes and plenty of fruit extract and crisp acidity. Serve as an aperitif and with seafood over the next 2-3 years. MS clone fruit from ‘Greywacke’ riverstone soils, vines 8-13 y.o., fermented in stainless-steel with 10% in seasoned French oak barrels to 13.5% alc. and <1.0 g/L RS, the wine aged 8 months on lees with batonnage. Certified BioGro organic.

93 points Wine Enthusiast

 This property excels in some vintages,and the 2015 is a huge success. It's certainly complex, effortlessly combining hints of pungency with soothing notes of grapefruit. In the mouth, it's fairly full and creamy in texture, then punctuates that richness with a long, vibrant finish.

K&L Notes

Clos Henri is the New Zealand based winery of 10th generation Sancerre winegrowing family the Bourgeois. After seeing the high quality and distinctive styles of Sauvignon Blanc coming out of Marlborough the Bourgeois family bought a parcel of land in the Wairau Valley. The estate is planted at a very high density with narrow vine spacing to reduce yields and concentrate flavors. The vines are farmed under certified BioGro organic standards and are non-irrigated. The resulting wines are a beautifully representation of the region with powerful aromas and flavors of ripe citrus, stone fruit, blackcurrant leaf, river stone mineral and lees qualities. It has great texture and length on the palate and a flinty, mineral nod to the family's roots in Sancerre. (Ryan Woodhouse - K&L NZ Wine Buyer)

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Sauvignon Blanc

- One of the best known "international" varieties originally cultivated in France and considered the parent of, with Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon. Sauvignon's wonderfully distinctive aromatics generate some of wine's most colorful descriptors, among them "cat pee," herbaceous, grassy, citrusy the world over. In France, the apex of Sauvignon Blanc production is the Loire Valley, in the appellations of Sancerre and Pouilly-Fumé, where the terroir expresses itself most beautifully through the grape. Sauvignon Blanc is also the leading white grape varietal in Bordeaux, where it is paired with the fatter, richer Sémillon to varying degrees. Relatively easy to cultivate, though more suited to cool climates, Sauvignon Blanc has made inroads in Europe outside of France, especially in Northeastern Italy's Friuli and Alto Adige, but also on the Slovenian border. These lovely wines are often overshadowed by Sauvignon Blanc's achievements in the New World, namely New Zealand, South Africa and California. New Zealand's Sauvignon Blancs, more conspicuously fruity than most French examples, landed the small island nation on the world wine map in the late-1980s and 1990s. South African Sauvignons are one of the most successful international varieties produced in that country and are often quite elegant and affordable. In California, Robert Mondavi managed to, almost single-handedly, created a market for Sauvignon Blanc by renaming his oak-fermented version Fumé Blanc. While some wineries still use the name, California Sauvignon Blanc has secured its place in the California wine pantheon, particularly those from the Napa Valley. Washington State, Chile and Argentina also have considerable plantings of the grape.

New Zealand

- New Zealand is an extremely diverse wine-growing nation. The long history of producing wine started in the 1830s with wineries such as Mission Estate (1850) and Te Mata Estate (1896) still producing wine today. The two islands hold a multitude of different growing climates ranging from warmer areas such as Hawke’s Bay to very cool regions such as Waitaki, and Awatere. Most regions are defined as Maritime with the exception being Central Otago that has a moderate Continental climate with the high elevation creating dramatic diurnal swings in temperature. The plethora of grapes grown in New Zealand reflects this diverse microclimate make up. Everything has a place here, Bordeaux varietals and Syrah in Hawke’s Bay, Chardonnay and Pinot in Nelson, Pinot Noir and Riesling in Central Otago , aromatic whites in Waipara and pretty much everything you can imagine in Marlborough. New Zealand is also one of the “greenest” wine producing nations on earth (94% of wine certified sustainable in 2013) with a strong focus on organic and Biodynamic farming.