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Clairault Streicker Wines

2012 Clairault Cellar Release Petit Verdot

2012 Clairault Cellar Release Petit Verdot

Vintage Conditions

The warmer weather conditions brought forward vintage by between 2 to 3 weeks ahead of the regional average for both whites and reds. 2012 whites and reds are rated as outstanding, universally declared as show stopping brilliant. 2012, once again providing for clean precise fruit flavours.

Winemaking Note

The fruit is de-stemmed and then very gently crushed, so that each berry is just split. Our objective is that the yeasts can access the sugars in the fruit, with out creating fine solids during the crushing. Our fermentation regime is different from all other reds, as the Petit Verdot tannins can be powerful. The Petit Verdot enjoys gentle pump-overs and gentle treatment. This wine was on skins in the fermenter for 14 days, before gentle pressing and barrelling down. This technique results in high-tonned red fruits and soft tannins. The wine was aged in one year old French oak for 18 months before the wine was removed from barrels, clarified and bottled.

Accolades

93/100 - James Halliday Wine Companion 2016

Cellaring

Up to 10 years, however we enjoy it for freshness now.

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Wine Specs
Vintage
2012
Varietal
Petit Verdot
Acid
5.9g/L
pH
3.57
Aging
Up to 10 years, however we enjoy it for freshness now.
Residual Sugar
0.6g/L
Alcohol %
14
James Halliday
93
Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
This wine is wonderfully expressive and true to it's varietal. The nose is dominated by beautiful floral tones, dark ripe cherry and blackberry. Subtle complexities of vanilla, roasted chestnuts, cola and flint follow. The palate sees fine defined tannins sit around a core of dark cherry fruit sweetness. The fruit depth is well countered by the acidity and tannin which finishes with diamond like precision.
Vineyard Notes
Clairault Estate Vineyard
Winemaker Notes
The fruit is de-stemmed and then very gently crushed, so that each berry is just split. Our objective is for the yeasts to access the sugars in the fruit, without creating fine solids during the crushing. Our fermentation regime is different from all other reds, as the Petit Verdot tannins can be powerful. The Petit Verdot enjoys gentle pump-overs and gentle treatment. This wine was on skins in the fermenter for 14 days, before gentle pressing and barrelling down. This technique results in high-toned red fruits and soft tannins. The wine was aged in one year old French oak for 14 months before the wine was removed from barrels, clarified and bottled.
Other Notes
The warmer weather conditions brought forward vintage by between 2 to 3 weeks ahead of the regional average for both whites and reds. 2012 whites and reds are rated as outstanding, universally declared as show stopping brilliant. 2012, once again providing for clean precise fruit flavours.
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