Petit Clos, translated from French to mean ‘small enclosed vineyard’, captures the essence of our estate. Petit Clos wines come from our youngest vines, located on our 3 different soil types; Wither clay, Broadbridge clay and Greywacke river stone. Careful fruit selection and great attention to detail was carried out in the vineyard and the winery to match the beautiful terroir we have at Clos Henri. We wanted to make a Sauvignon Blanc with charismatic fruit in a rounded style.
“Petit Clos Sauvignon Blanc is ready to drink at any moment: between friends, with a light fish and summer salads or just on its own. It offers perfect fruit and mineral balance, supported by a fresh and lovely round palate. Petit Clos is the open door and welcoming wine of our estate.
We invite you to take pleasure in drinking it as much as we enjoyed making it.”
Damien Yvon, Winemaker
In the French tradition, our vineyard is planted in high density (around twice higher than the New Zealand average). With small yields, we get optimum fruit positioning and rigorous canopy management gives us good aeration. The young vines are situated on both clay soils and gravels at the crossroads of the old Waihopai and Wairau Rivers.
Estate grown, younger vines of Clos Henri on stony and clay soils.
High Density Planting: 4400-6000 vines/Ha
Yield: 3 - 7t/Ha (54 Hl/Ha)
The wine is fermented in stainless steel tanks to retain fruit purity and flavour; it is then aged on fine lees for four
months. Lees stirring over this time allows the wine to stabilise naturally, enabling us to fine the wine only once
before a light, non-sterile filtration. This extended lees contact also helps the wine to gain roundness and texture.
The 2013 Petit Clos Sauvignon Blanc has a lifted and bright nose with light mineral tones and aromas of citrus
fruits and ripe stone fruits. The palate is round and giving with vibrant acidity creating great backbone for the
delicate fruit flavours
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