2021 Clairault Cellar Release Petit Verdot
87.50% Petit Verdot; 12.50% Cabernet Franc
Clairault Vineyard, Wilyabrup
The fruit is de-stemmed and then very gently crushed, so that each berry is just split. Our objective is that the yeasts can access the sugars in the fruit, without creating fine solids during the crushing. Our fermentation regime is different from all other reds, as the Petit Verdot tannins can be powerful. The Petit Verdot enjoys gentle pump-overs and gentle treatment. This wine was on skins in the fermenter for 14 days, before gentle pressing and barrelling down. This technique results in high-toned red fruits and soft tannins. The wine was aged in one year old French oak for 14 months before the wine was removed from barrels, clarified and bottled.
The 2021 vintage began with a mild spring and sufficient rainfall. The La Niña weather system created a strong cyclone season in the north, resulting in unusual conditions throughout summer. December and January were warm and dry by comparison, and February saw large rain events and high humidity. High attention to detail was required in the vineyard to alleviate disease pressure, and those who put the extra work in, reaped the rewards.
Black plums, spiced meat, currants and cedar.
A velure entry dripping with blue and black fruits, eastern spices and bristling acidity. Lively black fruit tannins and graphite drive the palate to a broad and opulent finish.
Enjoy now for freshness or cellar up to ten years for added complexity.