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2017 Clairault Cellar Release Petit Verdot

2017 Clairault Cellar Release Petit Verdot

Blend

87.50% Petit Verdot; 12.50% Cabernet Franc

Vineyard

Clairault Vineyard, Wilyabrup

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.

Vintage Conditions

The 2016 to 2017 vintage enjoyed accumulated warmth up until the new year. January temperatures were similar to historical data for the area, in contrast, February and March were a fraction cooler. Those who risked all by waiting for the Indian Summer were rewarded with tannin ripeness and the retention of the most beautiful fruit perfumes at relatively low sugar levels.

Aroma

Lifted tones of red cherries, cassis and plum blossom.

Palate

Enters supple and generous with a firm black fruit core and French oak structure. Finishes pure and clean with lingering hints of cedar, cracked allspice and blueberries.

Cellaring

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

Alcohol

14%

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Wine Specs
Vintage
2017
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.