best drinking summer wine


Clairault Estate chardonnay 2014 ($38)

This is effectively a reserve wine. It comes from old vines on the property that have been shown to produce outstanding fruit. There’s a lot happening in here with the deep stone fruit characters cut with an edgy lemon and melon nuance. The palate is exquisite. Perfectly fine and long with such a tight control of the fruit flavours. A little vanillin character emerges with a splash of lime. It’s a terrific classy wine.

Score: 96/100     Cellar: 8 years

Clairault cabernet sauvignon 2014 ($27)

This delivers real quality for less than $30. Loaded with blackcurrant and lifted cedar on the nose. The palate delivers a soft and plush texture with real fruit intensity. It’s more medium bodied but there are lots of good things happening in here.

Score: 91/100    Cellar: 7 years




Clairault cabernet sauvignon 2013 ($27)

Powerhouse bouquet is the first hint that this is a quality cabernet. Black olive and blackcurrant nuances with a little mocha oak and leafy tobacco. The palate is a multilayered deck of rich seamlessly structured fruit. Firmish fine tannins tread deep and the fine grained oak adds its bit to the play.

Classic cabernet style.

SCORE 94/100 CELLAR 10 years

Clairault Margaret River sauvignon blanc Semillon 2014 ($22)

This is a classic example of this blend from Margaret River. Lifted notes of fresh cut grass and a little tropical character with a lime leaf cut. The palate is finely balanced and intensely flavoured. It focused to a very long finish with a refreshing crunchy mouthfeel.

SCORE 93/100 CELLAR 4 years

Clairault Estate chardonnay 2013 ($38)

This is a really tightly held chardonnay. It’s elegant and almost delicate at the first encounter but then begins to release some truly impressive fruit intensity. The oak is
well managed. Interesting mix of pear, cereal and citrus on the nose with a splash of grapefruit.

Very long palate profile.

SCORE 95/100 CELLAR 7 years
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