Terroir, pronounced “tehr-wahr”, is a French term that expresses the combination of soil, weather conditions and style of winegrowing and winemaking. These three elements bring a specific identity and a sense of place to the wine.
A terroir can be spread as a region or be as specific as a small part of an estate. The Bourgeois family feels the terroir they found at Clos Henri is a wonderful gift that implies respect to the land, which has led us to the use of natural practices in the vineyard and winery.
The land at Clos Henri represents a very unique crossroad of three different soil types. It is quite an unusual phenomenon to acquire a piece of land with not one but three unique soil structures, all on one 109 hectare estate. The reason we have three kinds of soils is due to previous geological movements forming the Wither hills on our southern boundary, and the Wairau seismic fault line which runs through the estate, resulting in two different soil types lying beside each other on the plain.
It’s remarkable to get such soil diversity within a small area and this immensely appealed to the Bourgeois family when deciding where to plant their New Zealand vineyard.