About Clairault Wines

HISTORY

Clairault began in 1976 when Ian and Ani Lewis bought 4 hectares and planted their first vines. Resilient and visionary, they worked their vineyard diligently — crafting their first vintage in 1980. For the next 19 years, they developed and expanded the Clairault property to over 68 hectares.

When the Lewises passed stewardship of the property on in 1999 to Bill Martin and his family, both the vineyards and the winemaking facilities received upgrades – including the introduction of low-intervention, biological farming practices and the addition of the Caves Road entrance with its spectacularly scenic drive to the winery. Shortly thereafter in 2002 John Streicker acquired the neighbouring Yallingup Protea Farm together with its vineyards, planted in 1996. By 2006 Streicker Wines released its first vintage.

In 2012, operations of Clairault and Streicker were combined and today, Clairault | Streicker Wines has over 300 hectares under vine, all managed with sustainability in mind and all accredited with Entwine. We have a family of wines that exemplify the viticultural style of Margaret River as well as our team’s winemaking ideals.

We are proud to be represented both domestically and internationally at some of the world’s finest restaurants and wine purveyors.

Our plans for the future start with a respect for the property’s past. We continue to be committed to environmentally sustainable farming practices, and we intend to make the most of the vineyards’ natural assets while capitalising on contemporary
winemaking technology and the esteemed skills of our winemakers.

CAPE CLAIRAULT

The original Clairault Vineyards were planted in 1976. Since then, it has expanded to 45ha of vines. The implementation of biologically sustainable farming practices has seen the robust health of the vineyard and quality of the fruit reflect these advanced methods. The vineyard sits 120 metres above sea level and is the starting point for 3 water catchments, the Gunyulgup, Quinninup and the Wilyabrup. The property has a high level of biodiversity and boasts a beautiful, undulating landscape with plentiful natural bushland. Varieties grown at Cape Clairault are: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Franc, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon, and Chardonnay.

IRONSTONE VINEYARD

The Ironstone Vineyard is located on Caves Road in the heart of the Wilyabrup sub-region. Set on 101ha, its 26-hectare plantings are some of the oldest vineyards in the Margaret River Wine Region. The tightly spaced vines promote a healthy competition and intensely flavoured fruit. The brown loamy sand over gravelly clay soils are exceptionally well suited for premium viticulture use. Streicker Wines acquired Ironstone Vineyard in 2003 and implemented a rehabilitation plan that included building a dam to increase water capacity, removing part of a water‐hungry pine tree plantation, constructing kangaroo fencing, and pruning and reworking of the vines. The vines are robust and healthy, and because the roots grew deeper when the water table was low, they pass through a variety of soil types that add great subtleties to the rich flavours of this premium block. Varieties grown at Ironstone are: Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon, and Chenin Blanc.

YALLINGUP PROTEA FARM & VINEYARD

The Yallingup Protea Farm & Vineyards is set on 120 hectares in the Yallingup sub‐region of the Margaret River Wine Region. The Yallingup property was the first vineyard acquired by Streicker Wines in 2002. Besides wine grapes, both table grapes and flowers are grown at this property, and the distinctive labels of Streicker Wines represent different “pairings” of varieties of flowers and grapes. Yallingup enjoys similarly favourable climate and soil conditions to the other Streicker Wines vineyards in the Margaret River area. Of the total 42 ha currently planted at Yallingup, 30ha are devoted to varieties of wine grapes, 12ha to growing protea flowers and 1.3ha planted with table grapes. Varieties grown at Yallingup are: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Shiraz, Chenin Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon.

BRIDGELAND VINEYARD

The Bridgeland Vineyard, a 200‐hectare property in the Karridale sub‐region, is one of the most picturesque properties in the Margaret River Wine Region. Originally developed in 1998/99, the vineyard has shown clear signs that it has the potential to produce wines of exceptionally high quality. The property has one of the largest lakes in the region, almost a kilometre in length and covering about 18 hectares. Varieties grown at Bridgeland are: Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, and Semillon.

John Harrison Streicker | Owner

John Harrison Streicker | Owner
John Harrison Streicker | Owner

John, a native New Yorker, first visited Margaret River in 2001 on a family vacation. Overwhelmingly attracted to the Margaret River way of life he began planning how he could return even before he left. In 2002 he acquired the Yallingup Protea Farm (never having heard the words Yallingup or Protea six months earlier) and that began his increasing attachment. Now 12 years and almost 40 trips later, John’s commitment to Western Australia is ever increasing. Besides Clairault|Streicker Wines, he is active with the Australian Wildlife Conservancy and is a member of the Australian American Leadership Dialogue.

When asked by friends in the US how he can tolerate such long trips, John has been known to reply: “Some people take a lifetime to get to Paradise; I do it in 30 hours.”


Yallingup Protea Farm Vineyards 

The Yallingup Protea Farm & Vineyards is set on 120 hectares in the Yallingup sub-region of the Margaret River Wine Region. The Yallingup property was the first vineyard acquired by Streicker Wines in 2002. Besides wine grapes, both table grapes and flowers are grown at this property, and the distinctive labels of Streicker Wines represent different “pairings” of varieties of flowers and grapes.

Yallingup enjoys similarly favourable climate and soil conditions to the other Streicker Wines vineyards in the Margaret River area. Of the total of 42 hectares currently planted at Yallingup, approximately 30 are devoted to varieties of wine grapes, and 12 to growing protea flowers, which are in high demand in export markets, particularly Japan. 1.3 hectares are devoted to table grapes.

Varieties grown at Yallingup are: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Shiraz, Chenin Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon.

Wine Making Process

Bruce Dukes | Senior Winemaker
Bruce Dukes | Senior Winemaker

Winemaking truly begins in the vineyard. At Clairault | Streicker Wines, we have abundant water catchments, beautiful undulating landscapes, naturally biodiverse bushland and, most importantly, soil that is exceptionally well-suited to premium viticultural use.

Longstanding biological sustainable farming practises have shaped our properties, contributing to the health of the vineyards and the quality of the fruit which continues to surpass itself. With vineyards in three Margaret River sub-regions, Yallingup, Wilyabrup, and Karridale, Clairault | Streicker Wines has the capacity to make the most of Margaret River’s diverse growing conditions. The cooler climate and longer growing season at our Bridgeland Block, near Rosa Glen, produces some of the region’s best aromatic whites and it is home to the trophy winning cold-climate Streicker Syrah. In Wilyabrup, our Ironstone Block of old vines produces outstanding single-vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay. Further to the North, the original Clairault Vineyards – with vines planted as early as 1976 – add other components of varietal and soil conditions choices to our portfolio.

Clairault | Streicker Wines has always sought to bring the most out of its fruit’s natural gifts through the winemaking process, with minimal intervention. This philosophy has led to wines of unmistakable quality, recognized as such with accolades, both at home and abroad.

Our long-standing affiliation with Naturaliste Vintners, led by the incomparable winemaker, Bruce Dukes, allows us both the most up-to-date viticultural technology and a gifted team of vintners with a truly purist philosophy towards winemaking. Their total focus is on integrity, purity, quality and service.

Wine Making Process

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Clairault Wines

Phone 3277 Caves Road, Wilyabrup, Margaret River, Western Australia

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