Semillon Sauvignon Blanc Margaret River Western Australia
Clairault are one of the pioneering vineyard wineries of Margaret River. Their aim has always been to create balanced, well structured wines which reflect a unique terroir and the outstanding quality of fruit from a mature site. Semillon in particular is a stand out performer, vinified alongside parcels of intensely aromatic Sauvignon Blanc, into a crisp, clean wine of exciting mineral fruit character, the classic dry Margaret River white, offering immense drink now appeal.
Clairault implements a non interventional approach to winemaking, focusing on aromatics, picking on the basis of flavour rather than fruit sugar. Fruit picking occurs over several days as each block achieves optimal ripening, harvested throughout the cool of night and chilled. Parcels are cold pressed, settled and vinified to a variety of techniques, a fifth is fermented in French oak barriques for richness and texture. A unique strain of yeast is employed to enhance the passionfruit and gooseberry of Sauvignon Blanc. Upon completion, batches are held for a month on gross lees while gently treated to battonage before bottling in July.
Pale straw hues. Bright bouquet, newly cut grass characters, guava, grapefruit and orange blossom notes. Pleasingly dry, its vibrant acidity, driven by crushed lime, followed by white pear, lemongrass and dried apricot flavours. Time in French oak has infused a lingering, creamy finish accompanied by subtle minerality.