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2018 Clairault Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot

2018 Clairault Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot

Blend

88% Cabernet Sauvignon; 11% Merlot; 1% Petit Verdot

Vineyard

Clairault Vineyard, Wilyabrup
Yallingup Protea Farm & Vineyard, Yallingup

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.

Vintage Conditions

After an unseasonable dry early Winter, late rains in August and September came to the rescue. Budburst commenced in early August and continued until late September. Significant rain events persisted through to mid-October, with conditions fining up through the flowering period enabling successful flowering and fruit set. Vine growth was excellent and excess vigour issues were dealt with by employing shoot thinning and vine de-legging practices, in a successful attempt to deter regrowth and crowding of fruit zone areas. Harvest began on the 27th January, in line with the earliest picking dates on record, trailing out until completion on the 13th April.

Aroma

Red fruits, cedar, cassis leaf and black cherries.

Palate

Red and black fruits, plum blossom and roasted coffee.

Cellaring

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

Alcohol

14%

Accolades

92/100 - James Halliday Wine Companion 2021
Silver - Melbourne International Wine Competition 2021

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Wine Specs
Vintage
2018
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 88% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Merlot and 1% 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
After an unseasonable dry early Winter, late rains in August and September came to the rescue. Budburst commenced in early August and continued until late September. Significant rain events persisted through to mid-October, with conditions fining up through the flowering period enabling successful flowering and fruit set. Vine growth was excellent and excess vigour issues were dealt with by employing shoot thinning and vine de-legging practices, in a successful attempt to deter regrowth and crowding of fruit zone areas. Harvest began on the 27th January, in line with the earliest picking dates on record, trailing out until completion on the 13th April.