Wednesday, 4 May 2011

TN : Bel Echo Sauvignon Blanc 2009, Clos Henri, Marlborough, New Zealand

Clos Henri is a vineyard development in Marlborough by Henri Bourgeois of Sancerre. The terroir is 80% Broadbridge Clay and 20% Greywacke riverbed. The planting density is 4400 vines per hectare and the yield is 7.2 tonnes per hectare or 54 hectolitres per hectare. The wine is fermented in stainless steel tanks and then aged on fine lees for six months. Lees stirring is done to stabilise the wine naturally which enables fining of the wine only once before a light filtration and then sealing under screwcap.

The Bourgeois New Zealand vineyard was christened "Clos Henri", pronounced "Klo Enrie" for two reasons; first as a homage to the patriarch of the Bourgeois family, Henri and secondly its vineyard of special terroir, or "Clos". "Clos" is an old French word, representing an ancient custom of delineating a unique vineyard site by enclosing it in a wall or barrier. The Clos Henri site, with its untouched land, three soil types and unique hillsides, is also enclosed and thus the term "Clos" is used.

This wine was imported by Philipson Soderberg AB.

Colour : Pale watery lemon

Aroma : Tropical fruits, nettles

Taste : Tropical fruits, asparagus, nettles, long zingy acidic finish

Alcohol : 14%

Price : 159 SEK

Mark : B

Website : Clos Henri Vineyard


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