2023 Clairault Margaret River Pinot Noir Rosé
100% Pinot Noir
Bridgeland Vineyard, Karridale
The Pinot Noir fruit is hand-picked, chilled overnight and whole cluster pressed to extract only the slightest amount colour and only the purest fragrances and textures from the skins. The juice is cold settled prior to fermentation at low temperatures in barrel. Our aim is to preserve freshness and capture aromatics, while developing texture and complexity in oak. When fermentation was complete, the wine was then racked off of its lees to stainless steel before stabilising and bottling in July of the vintage.
Winter conditions were favourable with water resources well replenished and low enough temperatures to aid dormancy. The growing season began with a cool and relatively dry spring. Summer turned on at the right time with warm even temperatures, setting the scene for gentle and consistent ripening across all varieties. It was another great vintage, with the seasons all playing their part. The biggest challenges for 2023 were pressure from birds due to a lack of Marri blossom and the drawn out nature of the vintage. Rains in April danced with cabernet sauvignon picking dates. Fortunately, early leaf plucking and the strong skins of cabernet sauvignon meant we were rewarded with fruit of exceptional intensity and fine tannin. Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc are also standout varieties for 2023.
Red cherries, plum blossom and cinnamon.
An elegant palate of super fine tannin, pristine natural acidity and pure red fruit character. Complex nuances of oak spice, dried thyme and grapefruit dot the intricate textural cavalcade, culminating in a mineral finish.