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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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.
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).
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
Streicker Ironstone Block Old Vine Cabernet Sauvigon wins GOLD at 2016 International Wine Challenge
The 2013 Streicker Ironstone Block Old Vine Cabernet Sauvignon was awarded a gold medal at the prestigious International Wine Challenge, held in London last month.
The show is in its 34th year and has a reputation for high-quality, meticulous judging.
Other medals awarded are as follows:
Silver - Streicker Ironstone Block Old Vine Chardonnay 2014
Silver - Clairault Estate Cabernet Sauvingon 2014
Bronze - Clairault Estate Chardonnay 2015
Commended - Clairault Margaret River Chardonnay 2015
Commended - Streicker Bridgeland Block Syrah 2014
Clairault Estate Cabernet Receives Top Score from Decanter Magazine.
In a coup for Clairault wines, the 2012 Clairault Estate Cabernet Sauvignon was the only wine awarded an ‘Outstanding’ rating and 95 points in a recent Decanter magazine tasting.
The tasting focussed on Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignons from the 2012 and 2013 vintages. Respected wine judges Sarah Ahmed, Justin Knock MW and Anthony Rose conducted the tasting, with 80 wines representing the region.
Sarah Ahmed noted that the Cabernets from Margaret River "...have an Old World feel in terms of their acid and tannin structure." In particular she recognised the Clairault Estate Cabernet as being, "dignified and handsome, with a perfumed finish tinged with earth and kelp, lending a sense of place and real character".
John Streicker, proprietor of Clairault | Streicker Wines, was very pleased with the result, “the Clairault Estate Cabernet Sauvignon is made with fruit from the original 1976 plantings. An award like this is a tribute to our heritage, and to our team’s devotion to quality.”
The Clairault Estate Cabernet Sauvignon is available now in our Caves Road Cellar Door, online and at selected retail outlets. Learn more about Decanter here.