2016 Clos Henri Sauvignon Blanc

Year: 2016
Appellation: Marlborough
Country: New Zealand
Wine Advocate: 91
Vinous Media: 90+
James Suckling: 95
Wine Enthusiast: 93
White Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 13.5%
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"Clos Henri's 2016 Sauvignon Blanc marries hints of snap peas and thyme with passion fruit and white grapefruit. It's a medium-bodied, silky-textured version of Marlborough SB that saw a small portion of oak aging and substantial lees aging to build textural richness. Lemon and grapefruit notes linger on the finish.

This was my first actual visit to Close Henri, the upper Wairau property purchased by Loire-based Henri Bourgeois in 2000. It was 100 hectares of sheep pasture then, but it has been planted to Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir at relatively high densities of 5,000 vines per hectare. Wines come exclusively from the home property, which has been certified organic since 2013. In addition to the listed wines, I also tasted two 2016 Sauvignons bottled from different terroirs. As yet unnamed, one came from clay, the other from stones. Both were raised in Stockinger demi-muids. If released, they should make for an interesting contrast, with the clay bottling showing more power and austerity and the stones bottling more open and fruit-driven." (WA)

"The 2016 Sauvignon Blanc has a fresh bouquet with lifted yellow flower and undergrowth scents that complement the red apple and pear fruit; hints of gooseberry emerge with time. The palate is well balanced with a fine line of acidity, good weight and a fine sense of energy, but I am seeking more personality and depth towards the finish, which just feels a little conservative here. Give this a year in bottle." (VM)

"A super refined and elegant sauvignon that delivers an extremely sophisticated palate that operates on a condensed core of vibrant limes and minerals. There’s a wealth of detail here with bergamot and Earl Grey to close. Drink or hold. Screw cap." (JS)

"This is an opulent style, sourced entirely from the estate's Greywacke river stone soil. It conjures images of sun-ripened apples, just fallen from trees, resting in the green grass, and a nearby stream weaving its way over rocks and stones. A kinetic line of acidity cuts through all the richness, leading into an endlessly long apple and stone finish. Savor this beauty now or cellar it till 2026, if you can bear the wait." (WE)