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Clairault Streicker Wines

2019 Streicker Ironstone Block Old Vine Chardonnay

2019 Streicker Ironstone Block Old Vine Chardonnay

Blend

100% Chardonnay
 

Vineyard

Ironstone Vineyard, Wilyabrup

Winemaking Notes

The fruit is chilled and whole-cluster pressed to retain freshness and cultivate texture and structure. The juice is settled cold and racked after 2 days, harvesting only the lightest and most delicate grape solids to further aid in textural and aromatic development. The juice is barrel fermented in 40% new, 30% 2nd fill and 30% 3rd fill French oak barriques. 66% of the barrels are sulphured pre-malolactic fermentation, in order to further preserve fresh fruit aromatics and pure acidity. The other 33% are allowed to undergo malolactic fermentation, developing both richer, bolder aromatics and textural elements. It is then aged in oak for 9 months and battonaged every two weeks to develop texture and additional palate complexity, after which the wine is removed from barrel, clarified and bottled.

Vintage Conditions

The 2019 vintage required high attention to detail in the vineyard and highlighted the benefit of having four diverse vineyards across the Margaret River region. Weather patterns were inconsistent, presenting challenges in budburst and flowering throughout the winter and spring months. A lack of extreme temperatures in summer and autumn combined with leaf-plucking, shoot thinning and bunch thinning encouraged more even ripening. Nets were essential to protect fruit, with a lack of Marri blossom in the region to distract the bees and birds. The resulting low yields presented fragrant wines with succulent natural acidities.

Aroma

Grapefruit, roasted nuts, white pear and orange zest.

Palate

A dense entry of apricots, nectarines and creamy French Oak, balanced by pristine lines of fine tannin, natural acidity and a quenching minerality on the finish.

Cellaring

Enjoyed for its freshness now or cellar for up to 10 years for further complexity.

Alcohol

13.5%

Accolades

96/100 - James Halliday Wine Companion 2021
Gold - International Wine & Spirit Competition 2021

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Wine Specs
Vintage
2019
Varietal
Chardonnay
Vineyard Designation
Ironstone Block
Alcohol %
13.5
Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
Nectarines and jasmine laced with pure natural acidity and fleshy textures of white pear. A finely textured palate of grapefruit and ginger provides focus and line to a dense finish of primary fruits and toasty French oak.
Vineyard Notes
Ironstone Vineyard
Production 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.
Winemaker Notes
The fruit for the Ironstone Chardonnay is hand-picked from the Ironstone Vineyard in the heart of Wilyabrup. The fruit is chilled and whole-cluster pressed to retain freshness and cultivate texture and structure. The juice is settled cold and racked after 2 days, harvesting only the lightest and most delicate grape solids to further aid in textural and aromatic development. The juice is barrel fermented in 40% new, 30% 2nd fill and 30% 3rd fill French oak barriques. 66% of the barrels are sulphured pre-malolactic fermentation, in order to further preserve fresh fruit aromatics and pure acidity. The other 33% are allowed to undergo malolactic fermentation, developing both richer, bolder aromatics and textural elements. It is then aged in oak for 9 months and battonaged every two weeks to develop texture and additional palate complexity, after which the wine is removed from barrel, clarified and bottled.