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Clairault Streicker Wines

2014 Clairault Cellar Release Cabernet Franc Cabernet Sauvignon

2014 Clairault Cellar Release Cabernet Franc Cabernet Sauvignon

Vintage Condition

The start of the growing season in 2012 provided the ideal maritime "classic" for the 2013 vintage. It began with a wet July, a drier than average August, a wet September with only moderate falls in Oct and November and slightly above average falls in December. The new year blessed with a perfect Indian summer, characterised by sunny days until early April.The relatively dry end to the growing season, combined with warmer than long term mean temperatures in January and Feb set up for some spectacular ripening conditions. The early season warmth corresponded to early ripening of the whites and the early ripening of tannins in the reds, a very desirable character. The slightly cooler temperature for March allowed gentle and complete ripening of the reds, making it a complete joy to be part of the Margaret River Wine Industry.

Winemaking Note

The fruit is hand harvested, de-stemmed and crushed, so that each berry is just split. This is to ensure minimal berry degradation during the fermentation process and to promote fresh, clean flavour production by our very specifically selected yeast strain. Our ferments are, by industry standards, cool and gentle, allowing slower, more controlled extraction of tannin and flavour. The wine is pumped over three times a day and then judiciously backed off as the wine develops. This wine was on skins in the fermenter for 14 days, before gentle pressing and barrelling down. The result is clean, pure fruit flavours, boasting supple yet powerful tannin. The wine was aged in 50% new French barriques for 18 months before the wine was removed from barrels, clarified and bottled.

Tasting Notes

This wine is a rich crimson with deep black hues. On the nose; elegant aromas of blueberries, cracked allspice and bay leaves with dark chocolate hints. There is a wet slate focus and poise on the entry, carried through by luxury fine grain tannin and complex flavours of chopped dried herbs, mulberries and liquorice. The wine finishes as it starts, with elegance and balance.

Accolades

New release, not yet entered.

Cellaring

Up to 15 years, however we enjoy it for freshness now.

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SKU: 14CRSCFS
Wine Specs
Vintage
2014
Varietal
Cabernet Blends
Acid
5.61g/L
pH
3.72
Aging
Up to 15 years, however we enjoy it for freshness now
Residual Sugar
1.17g/L
Alcohol %
14
Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
This wine is a rich crimson with deep black hues. On the nose; elegant aromas of blueberries, cracked allspice and bay leaves with dark chocolate hints. There is a wet slate focus and poise on the entry, carried through by luxury fine grain tannin and complex flavours of chopped dried herbs, mulberries and liquorice. The wine finishes as it starts, with elegance and balance.
Vineyard Notes
Clairault Estate vineyard
Winemaker Notes
The fruit is hand harvested, de-stemmed and crushed, so that each berry is just split. This is to ensure minimal berry degradation during the fermentation process and to promote fresh, clean flavour production by our very specifically selected yeast strain. Our ferments are, by industry standards, cool and gentle, allowing slower, more controlled extraction of tannin and flavour. The wine is pumped over three times a day and then judiciously backed off as the wine develops. This wine was on skins in the fermenter for 14 days, before gentle pressing and barrelling down. The result is clean, pure fruit flavours, boasting supple yet powerful tannin. The wine was aged in 50% new French barriques for 18 months before the wine was removed from barrels, clarified and bottled.
Other Notes
Margaret River (MR) as a wine region has been blessed with 8 seasons in a row producing great vintages, with the last three in particular having exceptional ripening conditions. V2014 started with late rains in September complicating budburst, and two minor hail events in October/November causing some damage at fruit-set in early chardonnay blocks. From here there were no significant weather events until the week prior to Christmas with a minor heat spike causing some damage to mid-afternoon western oriented canopies and exposed fruit. The entire flowering period occurred in warm mild conditions resulting in good fruit-set across all varieties. Vintage conditions were ideal for ripening all varieties with little or no disease present and no rainfall pressures. Wineries had some problems associated with region-wide synchronised ripening – making it a very busy time.
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