Wine Enthusiast 94
Another stellar wine from this quality-driven producer and an excellent vintage, the bang-for-buck factor delivers extra strong here. Notes of soft gunflint and seashell tuck beneath bright citrus and stone fruit, grass and dried green herbs. The palate strikes a lovely balance between texture and zingy acidity. Flinty, mineral nuances run beside juicy citrus right to the long finish. This may be less ageworthy than Henri's upper tier Sauvignon, but it's utterly delicious drinking right now. -CHRISTINA PICKARD
by Wine Enthusiast, WE, 2020.
Petit Clos, translated from French to mean 'small enclosed vineyard', captures the vibrancy of our estate. Petit Clos wines come from our younger vines, from a mixture of soil types.
Chalky and flinty mineral notes are followed by citrus, capsicum and pretty white flower aromas. This wine has good balance, a very nice acid presence and a smooth finish. It is tangy, round, soft, super fruity and easy to drink.
Climate: Dry maritime with warm sunny days and cool nights
Annual sunshine: 2443 hours
Average annual rainfall: 647 mm
Latitude: 41.3 degrees south
Altitude: 85 150 metres above sea level
Soil: Greywacke river stone, Broadbridge & Wither clays
Planting density: High at 4400 vines/ha
Clones: MS, 242, 316, 317, 376, 530, & 905
Rootstock: RG, 101-14, 3309, & Schwarzmann
Vine age: 37 year old vines
Residual sugar: 1g/l
Total acidity: 6g/l
Ageing potential: 2-3 years from vintage Wine match: on its own or with fresh seafood.
The wine was fermented in stainless steel tanks to retain fruit purity and flavour; it was then aged on fine yeast lees for three 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.
In the French tradition, our entire vineyard is high densely planted - this forces the vines to compete with one another, resulting in highly concentrated grapes and more mineral flavours in the wine. The younger Sauvignon vines are situated on our 3 different soils types.
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