Le Petit Clos, Sauvignon Blanc, New Zealand
This is a 96-hectare property bought by the Bourgeois family in 2001. The family who made their name in Sancerre are committed to maintaining the bio-diversity of the farm and have planted various legumes and other crops over the last 15 years whilst converting the estate steadily to vineyards.
The site is unique in that it consists of several soil types – gravels and clays as well as sloping land and hillsides. The gravel is found in Renwick: it’s this that contributes to the fame of the region’s Sauvignon. The result of ancient rivers this type of soil provides wines with elegance and crispness. The second kind of soil is found in Broadbridge, a greyish-brown clay with ochre tints (indicating a high iron content). Wines produced here are round with complex aromas and good length. The final soil in Clos Henri (hence the name), a kind of yellow-grey clay, is to be found on the very steep slopes of Wither where the vines enjoy excellent exposure to the sun. All these soils have only been used for pasture and never exposed to insecticides, herbicides or any other form of chemical treatments. The Bourgeois family are committed to maintaining local biodiversity.
The Petit Clos is everything you want from a proper New Zealand Sauvignon. Just take note of how long those classic gooseberry flavours linger for.
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