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Clos Henri Pinot Noir

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Clos Henri is part of the French Henry Bourgeois portfolio, and here we have a rather 'butch' style of pinot noir. Scents of ripe dark berries and plums adorn the nose, along with sniffs of chocolate and earthy spices. The palate is quite fullsome and juicy, with plummy and subtle meaty flavours, fine-grained tannins, and a long, spicy finish. This could stand up to a lamb dish.

Winemaker's Notes

Our Clos Henri Pinot Noir 2010 has a luscious array of dark red fruits, prune and plum on the nose with a hint of spice. Subtle oak emerges on a layered savoury palate and delicate notes of sandalwood and elderflower make this a distinctive and complex style of Pinot Noir from our clay blocks.

From Sancerre and Pouilly-Fumé in France to Marlborough, Clos Henri unites 10 generations of winemaking knowledge from the Bourgeois family to craft textural and elegant wines. Capturing the intense character and revealing the identity of Clos Henri terroir in their beloved variety of Pinot Noir.

The wine is fermented in large French oak vats. It spends one week cold soaking pre fermentation. We are looking for light extraction through gentle pump overs at the beginning of fermentation, alternating with plunging mid fermentation. Finally, at the end of fermentation the cap is only just wet. Fermentation and post ferment maceration last for three weeks. We aged this Pinot Noir for 14 months in 100% French oak barrels, 25% of which is new oak.

Ageing potential: 7-8 years.

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Clos Henri Pinot Noir

Expert Reviews

Nick Stock (2009 Vintage) says
A French influence on a New Zealand Pinot? Sure! It s sultry, broody and quite masculine, with deep, dark cherry and plum fruit, dotted with deep spice and gamey nuance. Plenty of structure on the palate, with a sapid acid line and lingering finish awash with chalky tannin and spicy, red-fruited nuance.
Good Wine Guide
Nick Stock (2008 Vintage) says
The Clos Henri pinot is an assertive red-fruit and cassis style that offers a strident, sappy edge, red liquorice and redcurrant on the nose, and a little mint too. The palate's tangy and bright, tannins are taut at this stage, and fine, chalky grip builds and holds the finish down for now. Needs time.
The Good Wine Guide 2012
Nick Stock (2007 Vintage) says
This Franco-Kiwi pinot shows ripe, deep and bright cherry fruit aromas, terrific freshness and purity; there's old-world savoury aromas, winemaking has bound the fruit in tight. Superb palate texture, fine and dense, savoury tannins climb through the finish, dragging musky cherry fruit in their wake. Will build further weight in the medium term.
Good Australian Wine Guide 2009 2008
WINESTATE (2007 Vintage) says
Powerful toasty oak blended with intense cherry cordial fruit and framed by firm, drying tannins. 3-5
Winestate 20082009

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