Winery notes (2017 Vintage)
"From the historical Greywacke River Stone soil, our estate flagship wine, Clos Henri Sauvignon Blanc, expresses a distinctive minerality (flintiness) and elegance underlined with excellent fruit purity. It is a wine of complexity and great aging potential which will gradually reveal with age the authenticity of its origins.
Fermentation occurred in 88% stainless steel and 12% old French oak barrels. The wine was then aged on fine yeast lees for 9 months with lees stirring, both of which enable us to obtain a round Sauvignon Blanc with body and mouthfeel.
An elegant and restrained wine, the delicate nose unfolds to reveal flint, white peach and fresh lemon zest. Fleshy, white stone fruits and extended lees ageing imbue the palate with a richness, while the core minerality leaves a precise and focused finish."
5 Stars Michael Cooper (2017 Vintage)
"The Clos Henri Vineyard near Renwick is owned by Henri Bourgeois, a leading, family-owned producer in the Loire Valley, which feels this wine expresses 'a unique terroir . . . and French winemaking approach'. A sophisticated and distinctive Sauvignon Blanc, in top years it's a joy to drink. Certified organic, the 2017 vintage was hand-picked and mostly fermented and matured on its yeast lees in tanks; 12 per cent was fermented and aged for nine months in French oak barrels. A highly satisfying wine, it is fragrant and weighty, with excellent body and depth of ripely herbaceous flavours, a subtle seasoning of oak and a crisp, dry, sustained finish."
90/100 Wine Enthusiast (2017 Vintage)
"In line with this biodynamic winery's attempts to reflect site and vintage as truly as possible, the 2017 Sauvignon is clearly from a cool year. Medium-gold in hue, the restrained nose is a quiet medley of citrus, tomato leaf, flint, salted nuts and toast, thanks to barrel maturation for a portion of the fruit. The palate is highly textural. There's very little fruit here (for a brighter, more approachable SB this vintage, try this producer's Petit Clos wine), and the finish feels like biting into a grape seed. But balance and complexity promises more interest in the coming years. Drink 2020–2025."