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Clairault Streicker Wines

2020 Clairault Cellar Release Skin Soaked Sauvignon Blanc

2020 Clairault Cellar Release Skin Soaked Sauvignon Blanc

Blend

100% Sauvignon Blanc

Vineyard

Ironstone Vineyard

Winemaking Note

Old-vine Sauvignon Blanc is destemmed as whole berries to small open fermenters. Fermentation starts naturally and is allowed to continue on skin for 9 days, after which the juice is gently separated from the skin to old French oak barriques. Gentle fortnightly battonage is carried out in barrel for 3 months, after which the wine is racked off of its lees before bottling in the cold months of the vintage year.

Vintage Conditions

The 2020 vintage was unforgettable. The region experienced a perfect growing season with warmer than average spring temperatures and ideal summer conditions. Little to no rain, low disease risk and timely flowering of the Marri trees to distract the birds, eased pressure in the vineyard. The relative ease of vintage was in stark contrast to the happenings of the world at the time, with ferocious bushfires ravaging the East Coast and the Covid-19 outbreak unravelling. Yields were down in 2020 resulting in exceptional fruit concentration.

Aroma

Poached pear, nutmeg and freshly struck flint.

Palate

Rich flavours of apricots and guava are balanced by spicy hints of cumin and white pepper. Tones of freshly tilled earth, dried wheat and sea spray are dotted with hints of gooseberry jam and jasmine, all sitting atop of a fine core of bristling texture and granitic length. A slightly smoky finish balanced with crisp stone fruit dried thyme.

Cellaring

Enjoyed for its freshness now, or cellar for up to 4 years for added complexity.

Alcohol

12.5%

As part of our Cellar Release range, this wine is only available to purchase at our Cellar Door or online.

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Wine Specs
Vintage
2020
Varietal
Sauvignon Blanc
Alcohol %
13
Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
Rich flavours of apricots and guava are balanced by spicy hints of cumin and white pepper. Tones of freshly tilled earth, dried wheat and sea spray are dotted with hints of gooseberry jam and jasmine, all sitting atop of a fine core of bristling texture and granitic length. A slightly smoky finish balanced with crisp stone fruit dried thyme.
Vineyard Notes
Ironstone Vineyard
Winemaker Notes
Old-vine sauvignon blanc is destemmed as whole berries to small open fermenters. Fermentation starts naturally and is allowed to continue on skin for 9 days, after which the juice is gently separated from the skin to old French oak barriques. Gentle fortnightly battonage is carried out in barrel for 3 months, after which the wine is racked off of its lees before bottling in the cold months of the vintage year.
Other Notes
Vintage 2018 was definitively mild, subdued, and drawn out, with a notable lack of extreme or challenging weather conditions in comparison to the last few years. Vine growth was excellent, with late winter and spring rains providing a stable supply of moisture. Excess vigour issues were dealt with by employing shoot thinning and vine de-legging practices, with some blocks treated quite late in a successful attempt to deter regrowth and crowding of fruit zone areas. Vintage began on the 27th January, in line with the earliest picking dates on record, vintage proper commenced probably around two weeks later and sailed along smoothly with around three to four harvests per week right through to harvest completion on the 13th April.