Wednesday, 16 April 2014

30 Wines in 30 Days - DAY 13

 Margaret River Weekend (Day 3)

With a few final wineries to tick off our list, we set out on a third day of ridiculously stunning weather in the Margaret River Region.   

a quick stop at Sugarloaf Rock, Dunsborough
One of the wineries was a last minute addition to our list, based on a recommendation from other wineries in the area.  We had been told that Clairault - Streiker Wines were doing some great work with their Chardonnays and we were interested to form our own opinions.
 
A beautiful cellar door and exceptionally friendly staff kicked off the visit well.  Clairault-Streicker is a joint cellar door due to the Streicker family having bought Clairault a few years ago, but opting to keep the two labels as separate entities.  This fact actually made the tasting quite fun, as each label had similar varieties and there was a little bit of disparity between who liked which one best (which made it difficult when deciding what to buy!).

My personal favourite was the Streicker 2010 Ironstone Cabernet Sauvignon.  An elegant expression of the variety, with fine tannins and opulent fig and prune flavours, I probably should have saved this one for a cold winter night, but just could not help myself!

Honourable mention must also go to the Clairault 2011 Estate Chardonnay which had aromas of cashews and toasted brioche followed by a surprisingly taught acidity which suggests the wine will do well with a few years in our fridge.