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Clairault Streicker Wines

2016 Streicker Ironstone Block Old Vine Cabernet Sauvignon

2016 Streicker Ironstone Block Old Vine Cabernet Sauvignon

Blend

100% Cabernet Sauvignon
 

Vineyard

Ironstone Vineyard, Wilyabrup
 

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 50 mm of rain, enough to wash the dust of 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 was hand-picked, de-stemmed and the berries just split to allow for minimal breakdown of the skin and to preserve the natural fruit freshness. The grapes were pumped over three times a day for 18 days, after which the wine was separated from the skins and allowed to finish fermentation in premium French oak barriques. The wine is aged in 45% new oak barrels for 18 months, after which it was blended, clarified and bottled.

Tasting Notes

Dense entry of blue and black fruits, flavours of plum jam, black currant and cherries lead to a focused palate of rich fruit tannin laced with floral essences. A persistent and dark finish is brought to balance with cherry skin structure and gravelly tartness as an underlay.

Accolades

96/100 - James Halliday Wine Companion 2021
91/100 - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate 2020

Cellaring

Enjoyed for it's freshness now or cellar for up to 10 years.

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Wine Specs
Vintage
2016
Varietal
Cabernet Sauvignon
Vineyard Designation
Ironstone Block
Alcohol %
14
James Halliday
96
Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
Mulberries, cassis and subtle hints of forest undergrowth greet on the nose with background notes of cedar, lacquer and oyster-shell. A seamless entry to the palate boasting fine grain tannin that is both coating and mineral. Flavours of blueberries, liquorice and glazed cherries abound on the mid-palate with a persistent and powerful dark fruit finish driving this elegant wine deep into one’s memory.
Ratings
94/100 - Ray Jordan's WA Wine Guide
Awards
Silver- Decanter Asia Wine Awards
Vineyard 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.
Production Notes
The fruit was hand-picked, de-stemmed and the berries just split to allow for minimal breakdown of the skin and to preserve the natural fruit freshness. The grapes were pumped over three times a day for 18 days, after which the wine was separated from the skins and allowed to finish fermentation in premium French oak barriques. The wine is aged in 45% new oak barrels for 18 months, after which it was blended, clarified and bottled.