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  • Clos Henri Pinot Noir 2019


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  • Clos Henri Sauvignon Blanc 2019


    “Attractive hints of crushed stone, graphite and nettle leaves appear on the nose of Clos Henri’s 2019 Sauvignon Blanc. Backed by layers of white grapefruit and riper notions of stone fruit, this medium-bodied wine is a fine effort. The silky, expansive mouthfeel leads into a long, gently textured finish that leaves tasters refreshed and yearning for another sip. After some irregular performances, this property seems to be finding its stride. Drink: 2021-2022. 92 points”

    Joe Czerwinski, Wine Advocate (04/21)

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  • Clos Henri Waimaunga Pinot Noir 2020


    “The Bourgeois family (Henri Bourgeois estate, Sancerre) has generations of winemaking history in France and was looking for another place in the world to establish a Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir vineyard. The obvious choice was Marlborough, New Zealand. The Clos Henri Vineyard was planted in 2000, and it was very interesting to me, during my visit in September 2023, to discover that the vineyard has been planted on a fault line, determining micro terroirs within the vineyard.

    This 2020 Waimaunga Pinot Noir is from a single-vineyard plot within the estate and was grown on wind-blown clays. On the nose, this is rich and complex, with pomegranate molasses, crushed black pepper, hints of Earl Grey tea, red apple skins and cherry pip. In the mouth, the wine is excellent. There is complex, layered tannin with supple fruit that flows through, in and around the textural undulation. Classy to the very end. Highly recommended. 14.5% alcohol, sealed under Diam. Drink: 2023-2035. 94+ points”

    Erin Larkin, Wine Advocate (11/23)

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  • Villa Maria Attorney Pinot Noir 2019


    Marlborough Pinot ain’t what it used to be, and for that I’m glad. The 2019 Pinot Noir Attorney is a limited-edition cuvée made for the 60th anniversary of the company’s first vintage in 1961. Sourced from the Attorney vineyard in Marlborough, hence the wine’s name, this conservative young wine needs air; while offering raspberry and balsamic notes, it is a touch reductive on opening. Densely concentrated with a silken and mouthfilling texture, which is probably a reflection of its clay-based hillside site; the veil of fine-grained tannins offsets the charming, ripe palate with textured, dry grip. In combination with its naturally fresh acidity, the wine is sensuous and seductive but avoids being opulent; it remains focused and enjoys a long tenure in the mouth. (It’s also great for doing bicep curls due to the weight of the bottle.) For those who are interested, it was wild-fermented in French oak (35% new) and matured in barrel for more than a year before being bottled unfiltered. Drinking window: 2024-2032. 94 points”

    Rebecca Gibb, Vinous (04/22)

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  • Villa Maria Keltern Chardonnay 2021


    “Cuddling skinny people is no fun at all. I wouldn’t want to hug me – there’s nothing to get hold of, but the 2021 Chardonnay Keltern has curves in all the right places and plenty of substance to hold on to in its middle. Sumptuous is probably a good word to describe the ripe and creamy, full body but don’t get the impression this is a soft pudding of a wine. Its rich power is held like a vice, keeping its shape and allowing for a firm, almost relentless finish. In the elite of New Zealand Chardonnays, the 2021 proves it rightly deserves its place. Drinking window: 2022-2032. 96 points

    Founded by Sir George Fistonich in 1961, Villa Maria has since become one of the country’s biggest and most recognized wine brands. It has been close to Auckland airport since its inception, but it has vineyards in several regions, including Marlborough, Hawke’s Bay and Gisborne. While it produces vast quantities of unexciting, supermarket-bound Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Gris, its single-vineyard efforts are often benchmarks, whether it’s Taylor’s Pass, Keltern Chardonnay or Ngakirikiri Cabernet. The stable of brands also includes Hawke’s Bay’s Esk Valley and Leftfield. Villa Maria is now owned by Indevin. Watching what happens with the brand and wine quality will be interesting.”

    Rebecca Gibb, Vinous (04/23)

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