CLOS HENRI ‘OTIRA’ Single Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc 2021
CLOS HENRI, HENRI BOURGEOIS, Marlborough
This is a 96 hectare property bought by the Bourgeois wine family (of Sancerre Fame) in 2001. They are committed to maintaining the bio-diversity of the farm and have plented various legumes and other crops over the last 15 years whilst converting the estate steadily to vineyard. The site is unique in that it consists of several soil types – gravels and clays as well as sloping land and hillsides. The gravel is found in Renwick: it’s this that contributes to the fame of the region’s Sauvignon. The result of ancient rivers this type of soil provides wines with elegance and crispness. The second kind of soil is found in Broadbridge, a greyish-brown clay with ochre tints (indicating a high iron content), appropriate to the cultivation of Pinot Noir. Wines produced here are round with complex aromas and good length. The final soil in Clos Henri, a kind of yellow-grey clay, is to be found on the very steep slopes of Wither where the vines enjoy excellent exposure to the sun. All these soils have only been used for pasture and never exposed to insecticides, herbicides or any other form of chemical treatments. The Bourgeois family are committed to maintain the local biodiversity.
Lying at the convergence between 3 distinct geological ages, Clos Henri has one of the most distinctive soil morphologies in the Marlborough Valley. Paying homage to these unique terroirs and revealing the true nature of these wines is the ultimate objective of the Bourgeois Family. Our Single Vineyard cuvées tell the story of the simplicity and elegance offered by the confluence of glacial and windswept terroirs.
Named for the Otiran Glaciation period that was instrumental in forging this unique terroir. An enticing bouquet of mineral and preserved citrus peel, apple and apricot, peach and herbs. There’s a delicate toasty layer from mineral and initial bottle development. On the palate – silky textured, elegant, poised and dry. Flavours of citrus, stone and tree fruits reflect the nose supported by acidity and a touch of spice, wood and minerality. Lengthy and intriguing finish, complex and well made
Grape: 100% Sauvignon Blanc