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Clairault Streicker Wines

2016 Clairault Cellar Release Petit Verdot

2016 Clairault Cellar Release Petit Verdot

Vintage Conditions

The 2015 to 2016 vintage season in Margaret River was generally warm and dry up to the third week in January 2016. The relatively dry winter combined with a warmer growing season corresponded to vines achieving good shoot lengths and making the transition from vegetative growth to fruiting growth a little earlier than normal; a great feature for fruit quality. Our dry growing season was quenched on 19th March, 2016 with 50mm of rain, enough to wash the dust off the vine leaves, top up the dry soil profiles and carry the vines through to full ripeness. The resulting wines are fragrant with succulent natural acidities, lovely textures and intense aromatic lift.

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, 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.

Tasting Notes

This wine is wonderfully expressive and true to it's varietal. The nose is dominated by lifted tones of plums, red currants and glazed strawberries, with hints of meat spice and cedar. The palate is rich and coating with hints of black fruits and liquorice. The tannins are supple on the entry yet firm on the finish, with flavours of graphite, cassis and mulberries left to linger.   

Cellaring

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

Accolades

New release.

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SKU: 16CRSPEV
Wine Specs
Vintage
2014
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
Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
This wine is wonderfully expressive and true to it's varietal. The nose is dominated by lifted tones of red cherries, cassis and plum blossom. The palate enters supple and generous with a firm black fruit core and French oak structure. The finish is pure and clean with lingering hints of cedar, cracked allspice and blueberries.
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 that the yeasts can 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 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.