Clos Henri Waimaunga Pinot Noir 2020


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“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)