Clairault Cabernet Sauvignon
WHY WE LOVE IT
- Drink up to 10 years, however we enjoy it for freshness now.
- The wine is pumped over three times a day. This wine was on skins in the fermenter for 14 days, before being pressed to French oak barriques for 10 months before bottling.
- The resulting wines are fragrant with succulent natural acidities, lovely textures and intense aromatic lift.
Varietal Composition: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
Elaboration: The fruit is hand harvested, de-stemmed and crushed, so that each berry is just split. This is to ensure minimal berry degradation during the fermentation process and to promote fresh, clean flavour production by our very specifically selected yeast strain. Our ferments are, by industry standards, cool and gentle, allowing slower, more controlled extraction of tannin and flavour. The wine is pumped over three times a day and then judiciously backed off as the wine develops. This wine was on skins in the fermenter for 14 days, before gentle pressing and barrelling down. The result is clean, pure fruit flavours, boasting supple yet powerful tannin. The wine was aged in 50% new French barriques for 18 months before the wine was removed from barrels, clarified and bottled.
Tasting Notes: Currants, violets and subtle cedar tones accompanied by hints of plum blossom and cocoa. Structured yet generous entry of primary red fruit, spiced plums and wet stone. A red and black fruit core extends the entire length of the wine, held together by tensile oak and fruit tannin and a luscious blueberry and liquorice finish.
2018 – 94 James Halliday
2017 – 96 James Halliday
2016 – 92 Wine Enthusiast | 95 James Halliday
Clairault-Streicker Wines are a family of premium wines, crafted from privately-owned vineyards in the Margaret River Wine Appellation of Western Australia. Since 1976, the vineyard has grown to encompass the diverse climate and soil conditions of three renowned sub regions. Their portfolio includes a trophy winning, cold-climate Streicker Syrah, outstanding single-vineyard Cabernet Sauvignons and Chardonnays and the exceptional wines of the original Clairault Vineyards.