Clairault Margaret River Chardonnay 2016

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"This lovely chardonnay brings a striking display of complexity and purity to the table. It will sit happily next to a Grand Cru White Burgundy, two different wines with a shared link of extreme complexity. 40yo vines and the supreme skills of winemaker Bruce Dukes provide the magic." - 97 Points

James Halliday, Top 100 Wines of 2018

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The fruit for our Chardonnay is harvested and pressed as both whole cluster and cold crushed fruit, in order to sculpt wines boasting great length, texture and sophistication, as well as density of fruit and a bold complex palate. The juice is settled cold and racked after 2 days, harvesting only the lightest and most delicate grape solids to further aid in textural and aromatic development.

The juice is barrel fermented in roughly 40% new, 30% 2nd fill and 30% 3rd fill French oak barriques. A portion of wine is allowed to undergo malolactic fermentation, to broaden the palate and add additional complexity to both the aromatics and the texture of the wine. The rest is sulphured pre-malolactic fermentation, in order to further preserve fresh fruit aromatics and pure acidity.

It is then aged in oak for 9 months and battonaged every two weeks to develop texture and additional palate complexity, after which the wine is removed from barrel, clarified and bottled.

The 2015 to 2016 vintage season in Margaret River was generally warm and dry up to the third week in January 2016. The relatively dry winter combined with a warmer growing season corresponded to vines achieving good shoot lengths and making the transition from vegetative growth to fruiting growth a little earlier than normal; a great feature for fruit quality. Our dry growing season was quenched on 19th March, 2016 with 50 mm of rain, enough to wash the dust of the vine leaves, top up the dry soil profiles and carry the vines through to full ripeness. The resulting wines are fragrant with succulent natural acidities, lovely textures and intense aromatic lift.

White pear and freshly picked yellow peaches accompanied by subtle hints of sweet spice and citrus blossom.

Rich and powerful on the entry, creamy oak tones on the mid-palate and finish with lingering aromas of lime and stone fruit awash in vibrant natural acid.

Up to 8 years, however we enjoy it for freshness now. Winery Notes

Reviews & Accolades

2016 Vintage

97 Points "This lovely chardonnay brings a striking display of complexity and purity to the table. It will sit happily next to a Grand Cru White Burgundy, two different wines with a shared link of extreme complexity. 40yo vines and the supreme skills of winemaker Bruce Dukes provide the magic."
James Halliday, Top 100 Wines of 2018

2018 Top 100 Winery - Halliday Wine Companion 2018

2015 Vintage

"This is a remarkable chardonnay whatever the price. The aromas are smoky, toasted-nuts and nougat; the palate fine and lively, lean and understated, yet intense. Lemon, mandarin and grapefruit flavours; great energy, line and length. A bargain."
Huon Hooke

Commended - International Wine Challenge Bronze - Margaret River Wine Show
Bronze - Wine Show of WA
Bronze - Decanter World Wine Awards

Additional Information

Case Qty 12
ABV 13%
Category White
Variety Chardonnay
Vintage 2016
Free Shipping No
Country of Manufacture Australia
Region Margaret River
State Western Australia
Dozen Buy $299.88
Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price $28.00

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