Chardonnay Margaret River Western Australia
Clairault was the sixth Margaret River estate to plant vines, it remains one of the oldest privately owned operations within the premier Wilyabrup appellation. The pristine, undulating property, situated less than four kilometres inland from Cape Clairault peninsula and 120 meters above sea level, is endowed with bountiful creeks, natural springs and some of the oldest native forests in the southwest. The Clairault team take great care of local flora and fauna, Mother nature reciprocates, in the form of intensely flavoured Chardonnay with refined balance and exquisite style.
Biological farming is a passion at Clairault, incorporating a mix of organic and conventional farming techniques which place a strong emphasis on soil biology. The achievement is high quality Chardonnay, such low intervention techniques ensure that only the healthiest grapes are grown, achieving optimum flavour for in the final wine. Fruit is picked early morning and pressed straight away at cool temperatures to retain freshness and vibrancy. Juices are treated to an extravagant vinification and partial malolactic in a high proportion of new, Alliers forest, French oak barriques. Components remain in barrel, maturing on gross lees for nine months, stirred and topped fortnightly before the final assemblage. Alcohol 13.3%
Pale yellow hues. The bouquet offers ripe fruits and white pear, baked nectarine flan, cinnamon, creme brulee and limes. Rich and powerful palate entry, sweet melon fruit surrounded by a fine mesh of oak tannins, a long creamy finish, lingering lime and stone fruit flavours, awash in vibrant natural acid. Perfect match to guinea fowl or marron a la armoricaine.