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Clairault Streicker Wines

2018 Streicker Ironstone Block Chenin Blanc

2018 Streicker Ironstone Block Chenin Blanc

Blend

100% Chenin Blanc

Vineyard

Ironstone Block, Wilyabrup

Winemaking Note

The fruit is harvested at the coldest part of the day, cold crushed to press and skin contacted for 6 hours before gentle pressing. The juice is cold settled and racked to old French oak barriques for fermentation. When fermentation was complete, the wine was then aged on it’s lees with gentle battonage for 7 months before blending and 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

Peaches, lemon curd and shaved almonds.

Palate

A bristling entry of viscous fruit textures and acidity, followed by flavours of ripe stone fruits, lime zest and brioche. Voluptuous lines of green fruits, blossoms and granite deliver a seamless finish with a fine and lasting texture of oyster shell and sea-spray.

Cellaring

Enjoyed for its freshness now or cellar for up to 8 years for further complexity.

Alcohol

12.5%

 

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Wine Specs
Vintage
2018
Varietal
Chenin Blanc
Vineyard Designation
Ironstone Block
Acid
6.81g/L
pH
3.09
Aging
Up to 8 years, however we enjoy it for freshness now.
Residual Sugar
0.84g/L
Alcohol %
12.1
Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
A medium weight and textural Chenin Blanc, grown on the Ironstone vineyard. The aromas are of almond, lemon curd and spiced pears. The palate starts with a soft entry of stone fruit and eastern spices then builds to a fresh, viscous mouthfeel laced with hints of creamy French oak, quince and meringue. The finish is complex and lingering, with tones of apricot blossom and wheat husks.
Vineyard Notes
Ironstone vineyard
Production Notes
The fruit is harvested at the coldest part of the day, cold crushed to press and skin contacted for 6 hours before gentle pressing. The juice is cold settled and racked to old French oak barriques for fermentation. When fermentation was complete, the wine was then aged on it’s less with gentle battonage for 7 months before blending and bottling.
Other Notes
The nature of the 2016 to 2017 vintage is reminiscent of the 2009 growing season, because the amount of accumulated warmth up until early new year was remarkably similar. 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.