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Clairault Streicker Wines

2014 Clairault Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon

2014 Clairault Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon

Vintage Conditions

The Margaret River Wine Region has been blessed with eight great growing seasons in a row. Vintage 2014 started off with some late, heavy rainfall in September and two minor hail events in October. However from here on, there weren't any significant weather events until a heat spike the week prior to Christmas. 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.

Winemaking Note

The fruit is 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.

Tasting Notes

This wine was fermented on skins and matured in French oak for 10 months. Vibrant aromas of cherries, mulberries and roasted coffee beans, with hints of currant and vanilla pod appear on the nose. The palate has a rich cedar entry with darker tones of cassis and currant leading to persistent mineral tones and a refreshing cherry glaze finish.

Accolades

GOLD - New York International Wine Competition
94 points, 'Special Value Star' - James Halliday's Wine Companion "There's a nuclear arsenal of black and redcurrant, cassis, wild herb, black olive and charred, tarry tannins in each bottle of this wine, so handle with care. A big ribeye steak to start, and someone to share the bottle".
Silver - International Wine & Spirit Competition
Silver - Halliday Australian Cabernet Challenge

Cellaring

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

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SKU: 14CTSCAB
Wine Specs
Vintage
2014
Varietal
Cabernet Sauvignon
Acid
5.79g/L
pH
3.89
Aging
Up to 10 years, however we enjoy it for freshness now.
Residual Sugar
0.66g/L
Alcohol %
14.5
James Halliday
94
Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
This wine was fermented on skins and matured in French oak for 10 months. Vibrant aromas of cherries, mulberries and roasted coffee beans, with hints of currant and vanilla pod appear on the nose. The palate has a rich cedar entry with darker tones of cassis and currant leading to persistent mineral tones and a refreshing cherry glaze finish.
Ratings
94 points, 'Special Value' star - James Halliday's 2017 Wine Companion
Awards
Silver - International Wine & Spirit Competition Silver - Halliday Australian Cabernet Challenge
Vineyard Notes
Clairault Estate vineyard
Winemaker Notes
The fruit is 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 French oak barriques for 10 months before the wine was removed from barrels, clarified and bottled.
Other Notes
The Margaret River Wine Region has been blessed with eight great growing seasons in a row. Vintage 2014 started off with some late, heavy rainfall in September and two minor hail events in October. However from here on, there weren't any significant weather events until a heat spike the week prior to Christmas. 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.
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