2020 Clairault Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot
85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9.5% Merlot, 5.5% Petit Verdot
48.5% Ironstone Vineyard, Wilyabrup
42% Clairault Vineyard, Wilyabrup
9.5% Yallingup Protea Farm, Yallingup
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.
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.
Cassis, violets and black berries, hints of cedar, dark chocolate and freshly roasted coffee.
Clean lines of red fruit, driven by fine lines of pristine fruit tannin and an underlay of darker mocha and plum glaze tones. A soft finish of yet more black fruits and a lifted finish of blossoms and black currants.
Up to 8 years, however we enjoy it for freshness now.
92/100 - International Wine & Spirits Competition 2023