The 2017 Clairault Margaret River Sauvignon Blanc Semillon has taken home the top prize for Best White Blend at the 2018 KPMG Sydney Royal Wine Show, ahead of a strong field of wines from across the country.
The Sydney Royal Wine Show, established in 1822, attracted an unprecedented 2,200 entries for this year’s competition and awarded 34 trophies across 66 classes. In the three classes eligible for the Best White Blend trophy, only three gold medals were awarded.
The Liquorland Perpetual Trophy for Best White Blend was first awarded in 1986.
Blends of Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon have long been pillars of Margaret River winemaking and show judges noted that, ‘the best wine shows freshness and balance’. General Manager of Clairault | Streicker Wines, Angela Gosden, said the wine, “is a great expression of Margaret River Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon blends. Wine enthusiasts really enjoy the clean, fruit-driven palate and find that this wine goes so well with the enviable lifestyle of the region”.
This is the first time the Clairault Sauvignon Blanc Semillon has won a trophy since John Streicker purchased the vineyard in 2012. He’s pleased with the result and noted, “the award is a tribute to the history of the Margaret River region and the dedication of our team”.
The 2017 Clairault Margaret River Sauvignon Blanc Semillon can be tasted at Clairault | Streicker Estate, on Caves Road in Margaret River. The Cellar Door is open seven days a week from 10am to 5pm. The wines are available for purchase through the website and at selected wine stores. For more information please call +61 8 9755 6225.
Each year, James Halliday and his team taste through thousands of Australian wines to produce the Wine Companion, essential reading for anyone interested in wine and a much-awaited scorecard for wineries.
Clairault | Streicker Wines have received a 5-red star rating for another year! This rating indicates an outstanding winery regularly producing wines of exemplary quality and typicity.
Top-rated wines for the 2019 edition include:
2015 Streicker Nysa
66.67% cabernet franc, 33.33% cabernet sauvignon, hand-picked, destemmed and gently crushed, cool-fermented for 14 days, matured in French barriques (50% new) for 18 months. As expected, the cabernet franc gives the wine a distinctive aroma, almost, but not quite, pungent, its lighter structure also contributing much to the open face of the wine. The finish is at once both spicy and juicy, driven by flavours, not tannins. The way the wine has soaked up the new French oak is exceptional.
This is a new flagship wine for the Streicker range. Due for release October 2018. Join our mailing list for updates.
2016 Streicker Bridgeland Block Sauvignon Blanc Semillon
95/100, Special Value star
64.54% sauvignon blanc, 35.46% semillon, hand-picked, cold-crushed, fermented in French barriques (33% new), matured for 9 months. Meticulous vinification achieves the desired explosive flavours of lemon skin, zest and juice in a single, mouthwatering stream of flavours. Natural acidity, preserved by preventing mlf, is a constant companion through to the extremely long finish and aftertaste.
Due for release January 2019. Current release can be found here.
2016 Clairault Estate Chardonnay
96/100, Special Value star
Hand-picked, chilled, whole-bunch pressed, fermented in French barriques (40% new), matured on lees for 9 months. A wine of rare purity, intensity and length. Grapefruit is the dominant flavour, white peach and Granny Smith apple adding to the complexity. French oak plays its all-important role in providing structure and texture, its flavour unimportant. Drink to 2028
Due for release October 2018. Current release can be found here.
The full list of results for Clairault | Streicker Wines can be found here.
Are you planning a trip to Clairault | Streicker Estate soon? There are plenty of new release wines available in-store and online.
This is the first harvest of Pinot Noir from our Bridgeland vineyard. The wine is light red with blue hints. The delicate aromas are of raspberries, tea leaves, white pepper and smoked spices with hints of flint and tilled earth. Crystalline red fruit, subtle peppery notes and gun smoke texture support a tight and bristling palate of lithe fruit tannin under a dark and engulfing humic finish.
This Chardonnay is tinted pale green with yellow hints. The aromas are fresh and vibrant, consisting of peaches, cream, nutmeg and crushed lime. The palate has a balanced entry of dense stone fruit and lively citrus flavours. Coating acidity and fine texture lead to a finish of nectarines, toasted nuts and lemon curd.
A pale green Chardonnay with hints of straw and aromas of nectarine, lemon curd and wet slate. The palate has a refined entry supported by zesty acidity and fine grain French oak texture. Flavours of creamy French oak and lime juice are held in check by a generous texture and pure mineral finish.
While most of us have been enjoying the end of summer and its little bursts of warm weather, our vineyard team have been working at all hours to bring in this year's harvest. Senior Vineyard Manager, Chris Gillmore has this to say about the season;
“Vintage 2018 has played out nicely with continued mild warm weather, minimal rainfall events, and a slow and steady pace of picking – meaning no rushing around and making compromises.
Both white varietals and now reds, have progressed with little disruption to reaching an optimum maturity. Cabernet Sauvignon looks to be the only variety likely to hang further, to develop improved tannin structure and intensity of flavour. An average year yield-wise, but definitely shaping up to be a great vintage all round."
There's a week or two of picking left, then with all the fruit in the winery it's up to our winemaking team to aid the transition in to bottle - we look forward to the results!
Christina Pickard, reviewer with Wine Enthusiast had this to say about the 2014 Clairault Estate Chardonnay.
Pale gold, almost green tinged, this is is an excellent example of why Margaret River excels at Chardonnay. It's complex, with notes of lemon zest, orange peel, butter and exotic spices that last all the way through to the finish. It's rich with a chalky texture and is age worthy, with enough acidity to take it long into the future. Drink now–2027.
The results for James Halliday's 2018 Wine Companion were released following the Qantas EpiQure Awards Dinner on Wednesday night.
Clairault | Streicker retained its red five-star rating for wineries that regularly produce wines of exemplary quality and typicity.
Clairault and Streicker wines were rated highly with nine out of 12 wines scoring 95 points or higher, including the 2015 Clairault Estate Chardonnay (96/100, Special Value Star) and the 2013 Streicker Ironstone Block Old Vine Chardonnay (96/100).
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TERMS & CONDITIONS
Competition Period: Starts 1st August 2017 and ends Monday, October 30th 2017 at 5.00pm.
Requirements for Entrants: Participation in this promotion is deemed acceptance of these Terms and Conditions. It is compulsory for entrants to provide their full name and email address to enter the promotion. To be actively subscribed to the mailing list to receive email correspondence at the time the competition is drawn.
Validity: To enter, entrants must, purchase one bottle fo Clairault wine from a participating retail outlet, enter by completing our “enter here to win" form available in store. Complete your full name and valid e-mail address as prompted on the entry form. One entry permitted per transaction. Incomplete / unsubscribed entries will be deemed invalid.
PREMIUM STORE PRIZE (Selected outlets only)
FIRST PRIZE: A weekend in the Margaret River Wine Region compliments of Clairault | Streicker Wines. It includes: A vineyard tour, private tasting, lunch in the Clairault Streicker Cafe and one night accommodation in the Clairault Cottage.
SECOND PRIZE: A Clairault Streicker Decanter and twin pack of Clairault Estate Wines.
THIRD PRIZE: A twin pack of Clairault Estate wines.
PARTNER STORE PRIZE (Selected outlets only)
FIRST PRIZE: A Clairault Streicker decanter and twin pack of Clairault Estate wines
SECOND PRIZE: A twin pack of Clairault Estate wines
THIRD PRIZE: A twin pack of Clairault Margaret River wines
Prizes are not transferable or exchangeable and cannot be taken as cash.
Details of Draw: The winner of the prize will be drawn randomly from eligible entries. The draw will take place at the administration office of Clairault | Streicker Wines, 3277 Caves Road Wilyabrup on Thursday, November 2nd 2017. The winner will be notified by phone or email. If the prize is unclaimed or unconfirmed availability within 7 days from drawn date, another draw will take place on November 10th 2017.
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Clairault was awarded ‘Margaret River Winery of the Year’ at the recent New York International Wine Competition. The NYIWC began in 2011 and features a judging panel of retail store buyers, sommeliers, hoteliers and importers. Wines are judged based on category and price and are awarded in line with what customers buy.
Other awards for Clairault wines include the following:
GOLD—Clairault Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
GOLD—Clairault Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon 2014
GOLD—Clairault Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 2014
Bronze—Clairault Estate Chardonnay 2014
Streicker also received accolades, taking out 'Margaret River Rose of the Year'.
The 2016 Streicker Bridgeland Block Rosé was awarded 'Margaret River Rosé of the Year' at the recent New York International Wine Competition. The NYIWC began in 2011 and features a judging panel of retail store buyers, sommeliers, hoteliers and importers. Wines are judged based on category and price and are awarded in line with what customers buy.
Other awards for Streicker include:
GOLD—Streicker Bridgeland Block Rose 2016
SILVER—Streicker Ironstone Block old Vine Cabernet Sauvignon 2011
SILVER—Streicker Ironstone Block Old Vine Chardonnay 2013
Clairault was also awarded, taking home 'Margaret River Winery of the Year'.
Clairault and Streicker Wines Successful at Decanter World Wine Awards.
The 2014 Streicker Bridgeland Block Syrah took home a silver medal at the recent Decanter World Wine Awards, held in London.
Four other wines were also awarded medals at the prestigious international show.
Other medals awarded are as follows:
Bronze - Clairault Margaret River Chardonnay 2015
Bronze - Clairault Estate Chardonnay 2015
Bronze - Streicker Ironstone Block Old Vine Cabernet Sauvignon 2013
Bronze - Streicker Ironstone Block Old Vine Chardonnay 2014