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.