Clairault Streicker is pleased to announce the release of their flagship wine, the Streicker Nysa, a Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon blend.
The release is the first flagship by Clairault Streicker and a regional rarity as a Cabernet Franc dominant flagship wine.
The fruit for the Streicker Nysa is grown at the Clairault Vineyard in Wilyabrup, with the first vines planted in 1976 by geologist Ian and wife Ani Lewis.
Senior Vineyard Manager and Viticulturist Chris Gillmore explains, “Cabernet Franc is the oldest Bordeaux varietal and the father of Cabernet Sauvignon.”
“The climate, the soil, the landscape, the heritage clones come together at this special site we refer to as the A Block to present pristine fruit worthy of our flagship.”
The A Block is ideally suited to Cabernet varieties due to its ironstone gravel soils and gentle sloping NE-SW position. The vines have been carefully developed on an open lyre trellis system to enable cooling of the fruit zone and canopy, particularly in the warmer months as the fruit is ripening.
The fruit is hand-picked early in the morning when the berries are still cool. The fruit is destemmed and lightly crushed. It soaks on its skins for 14 days, before gentle pressing and barrelling down. The Cabernet Sauvignon portion is aged in French oak barriques for 15 months. The Cabernet Franc on the other hand, requires a gentle ageing platform and environment, and so, is aged in larger French oak puncheons for 15 months.
Chief Winemaker Bruce Dukes says, “Nysa is a precedent in innovation and tradition.”
“The leading role of Cabernet Franc in a luxury Margaret River cuvee is indeed rare, as Cabernet Sauvignon typically earns that mantle. We are delighted with this leading role because the Franc brings such approachability and suppleness to the cuvee, yet still with great definition and support from the equally old Cabernet Sauvignon vines.”
After 44 years of producing Cabernet in Margaret River and countless hours of hand-tending to the old vines of the A Block, Chris Gillmore believes the best is yet to come.
The 2015 Streicker Nysa will be available as of Monday 19 October at the Cellar Door and via our website here.
Clairault Streicker Wines continue their 5 red star streak in the 2020 Wine Companion. This rating indicates an outstanding winery regularly producing wines of exemplary quality and typicity.
It was the whites that took the big wins for 2020.
The Clairault Estate Chardonnay 2017 rated highly, with a score of 95/100 and notes including “…it all feels completely natural and unforced.”
The Streicker Bridgeland Block Sauvignon Blanc Semillon 2017 was a winner with “a winning combination of intensity and length of flavour with penetrating acidity” – 95 Points & Special Value Star. - To be released.
Another great value result that’s currently available is the Clairault Margaret River SBS 2018 which scored 94/100 and a Special Value Star.
Clairault Estate Chardonnay 2017
Hand-picked, whole-bunch pressed. Barrel ferment in 40% new French barriques, aged in oak for 9 months with batonnage. This brims with aromas of grapefruit and white stone fruit enhanced by nutty oak complexity, the palate replete with long and lively citrus-tinged flavours and creaminess of texture. It all feels completely natural and unforced.
Streicker Bridgeland Block Sauvignon Blanc Semillon 2017
90/10%, blend. Hand-picked fruit, cold-settled juice, fermented and aged for 9 months in French barriques, one-third new. Highly aromatic, with lifted characters of passionfruit, snowpea and gooseberry jumping out of the glass. Juicy and textural on the palate, there’s a winning combination of intensity and length of flavour with penetrating acidity.
95/100 & Special Value Star
Streicker Ironstone Block Old Vine Chardonnay 2016
Barrel-fermented, 33% going through mlf. Aged for 9 months in oak with fortnightly batonnage. The barrel work has made its statement on the bouquet, with aromas of struck match, flint, and grilled nuts as prominent as the peach and green apple varietal influence. Ripe and textural on the palate with lingering, grapefruit-like acidity. Very good now, better in time.
Clairault Margaret River Sauvignon Blanc Semillon 2018
Around 80/20% in the blend. A riot of varietal aromas on the the bouquet, with snow pea, gooseberry and passionfruit (amongst others) all jostling for attention. The 20% barrel ferment component comes through on the palate, providing dimension to the mouthfeel, that being enhanced by lees ageing also. It finishes with fresh, juicy acidity.
94/100 & Special Value Star
Clairault Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2015
About 5% cabernet franc included in the blend. Aged for 18 months in French barriques, 50% new. A perfect snapshot of the regional-varietal nexus, with blackcurrant, black olive, bay leaf and cedar providing unmistakable markers. This release is supple and approachable as a relatively young wine, with quite gentle tannin. Further ageing will confer complexity.
Streicker Ironstone Block Old Vine Chardonnay 2017
Fruit from the Ironstone Vineyard at Wilyabrup. Similar vinification to the Estate Chardonnay, except one-third of the barrels underwent mlf. Seems to lack the freshness and drive of its Estate stable mate, although the malo has contributed to the texture and complexity. The fruit source is different of course, and it might just need more time to really come into its own.
Clairault Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
As ever, rock solid Margaret River cabernet, ticking the boxes for all the right regional and varietal qualities as it goes along. Just on the full side of medium-bodied, the flavours of cassis and cedar build on the palate, escorted along by the fine but firmish tannin that rolls on through the finish to linger in the aftertaste. Enjoyable now or for years to come.
Streicker Ironstone Block Cabernet Sauvignon 2015
Hand-picked, destemmed with gentle crushing, ferment finished in oak. Aged in 45% new French barriques for 18 months. Cassis-like fruit is the dominant character in this wine, the most obvious character on the bouquet and palate, the oak adding some cedary, pipe-tobacco complexity. It’s dense and flavoursome, with its best days ahead, no doubt.
Clairault Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 2017
Cabernet at around 77%, merlot 20%, the balance petit verdot. Cool, slow ferment, aged in French oak for 10 months. Pronounced leafiness on the bouquet, with regional bay leaf and varietal characters perhaps accentuated by the cool ferment, ‘80’s-like. Black olive and cedar also in the mix. A good wine with high quality fruit evident, but it is in a certain style.
92/100 & Special Value Star
Streicker Bridgeland Block Rosé 2018
100% shiraz, crushed and cold pressed immediately to minimise extraction. Low temperature ferment in barrel. Pale salmon-pink in colour with aromas of redcurrant and watermelon. Quite full in texture on the palate as shiraz roses tend to be, that accentuated by the time in oak no doubt. A long, gently persistent finish provides the necessary balance.
See the full summary of results here.
With sunshine tickling ‘round the edges of the day it becomes so much easier for you to plan a long weekend down south. Make sure you leave room in your itinerary for a visit to Clairault | Streicker Estate and tick these three things off your to-do list:
#1 Book in for a Long Lunch with wine matching.
Try some of the delicious dishes from the new spring menu, each one carefully matched with Clairault and Streicker wines.
#2 Be the first to taste the new release 2016 Clairault Estate Chardonnay.
Visit the Clairault | Streicker Cellar Door and taste the Estate Chardonnay, rated 96/100 by James Halliday in the 2019 Wine Companion.
#3 Did you know Proteas can survive up to two weeks without water?
Visit Clairault | Streicker Estate and collect a bunch of new season proteas! Grown just down the road at our Yallingup Protea Farm, you can be sure the flowers are local, in season, and will last the car trip home.
Clairault | Streicker Estate is open 7 days, from 10am until 5pm. You can make a booking for our café here or give us a call on 08 9755 6225.
Vineyard update from viticulturalist, Chris Gillmore:
It’s back to a real winter this season. Consistent wet and stormy weather has filled up ground water and dams. Our seasonal workers from Tonga returned for their fourth year of pruning and managed to finish a fortnight earlier than usual. The cold, wet weather delayed budburst, though it’s gaining momentum now – excellent news for the next vintage of your favourite Clairault and Streicker wines!
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