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2017 Clairault Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot

2017 Clairault Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot

Vintage Conditions

The nature of the 2016 to 2017 vintage enjoyed accumulated warmth up until early 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. The 2017 vintage highlighted the importance of best practice vineyard management, focusing on the basics of open and well solarised canopies, with balanced crop loads, so that the fruit could ripen at a reasonable pace.

Winemaking Note

The Cabernet Sauvignon portion of the blend is de-stemmed and crushed, so that each berry is just split. This is to ensure minimal berry degradation during the fermentation process. Our Merlot is crushed as to fully expose the delicate flesh and promote a more refined and elegant textural development. 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 for 10 months bottling.

Tasting Notes

A classic Margaret River blend of 77% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot and 3% Petit Verdot. This wine has vibrant aromas of red cherries, black berries, chocolate and ground coffee. Fine cherry skin tannins palate on the entry, dappled with red fruits and cacao nib. A dense and coating palate follows, with black berries and potpourri on the finish.

Accolades

92/100 - James Halliday Wine Companion
Silver - Wine Show of Western Australia

Cellaring

Up to 8 years, however we enjoy it for freshness now.

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SKU: 17CTSCSM
Wine Specs
Vintage
2017
Varietal
Cabernet Blends
Vineyard Designation
Bridgelands, Clairault, Yallingup Protea Farm
Acid
6.09
pH
3.59
Aging
Up to 8 years, however we enjoy it for freshness now.
Residual Sugar
2.32
Alcohol %
14
Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
A classic Margaret River blend of 77% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Merlot and 6% Petit Verdot. This wine has vibrant aromas of mulberries, vanilla pod, freshly ground coffee and violets. The palate is rich and luscious with mulberries continuing through, black currants and dark chocolate with an elegant finish of bold tannin and soft, glazed plum.
Awards
SILVER - Wine Show of WA
Vineyard Notes
Bridgelands, Clairault and Yallingup Protea Farm.
Production Notes
The Cabernet Sauvignon portion of the blend is de-stemmed and crushed, so that each berry is just split. Our Merlot is crushed as to fully expose the delicate flesh and promote a more refined and elegant textural development. 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 for 10 months before the wine was balanced, clarified and bottled.
Other Notes
The nature of the 2016 to 2017 vintage enjoyed accumulated warmth up until early 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. The 2017 vintage highlighted the importance of best practice vineyard management, focusing on the basics of open and well solarised canopies, with balanced crop loads, so that the fruit could ripen at a reasonable pace.