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Clairault Estate Cabernet Merlot

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Clairault Estate Cabernet Merlot

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James Halliday (2007 Vintage) says
Bright colour for age; this is all about the texture gained from the spicy/cedary tannins that run through the palate from start to finish, extending its length, and also providing an anchor for its blackcurrant and plum fruit.
Australian Wine Companion 2011 2010
James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
A cool expression with more cedar and slightly herbal notes than ripe fruit; quite fresh and fine.
Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
Nicely well pitched and weighted, with supple, silky yet distinctly tangy flavours on the long, light- to medium-bodied palate; should please all comers.
Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
WINESTATE (2005 Vintage) says
Developed, oaky nose and excellent balance of fruit oak and tannins on the long, soft palate.
Winestate 20082009
Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (2005 Vintage) says
If you're ever in the region, it's worth putting Clairault on your 'places to visit' list. It's a lovely estate. We've tasted this a couple of times and it's developing well - it's now very attractive drinking. It tastes of chocolate, mulberry and blackcurrant, and has firm, pencilly tannins. You could pop it in the cellar, but it will drink at its best over the next eighteen months or so - and satisfy with every glass.
The Big Red Wine Book 2009/10 2009
James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says
Medium-bodied; has blackcurrant fruit with distinct touches of earth and olive giving it overall austerity.
Australian Wine Companion 2008 2007
WINESTATE (2004 Vintage) says
The nose projects aromas of sweet redcurrants. More of the same on the palate, which has drying wood tannins and some lovely soft acid.
Winestate 20082009
James Halliday (2003 Vintage) says
More concentrated and focused than the '04 regional version, although sharing some of its austerity; blackcurrant and black olive fruits sustain a longer, more accessible palate.
To 2018
Australian Wine Companion 2008
WINESTATE (2003 Vintage) says
Dense, inky aromas with nice porty characters, and a dry, leathery, spicy palate thats enveloped in Christmas cake-like fruit.
James Halliday (2002 Vintage) says
Strong regional notes to the earthy tannins; the black fruits, too, tend to the austere, dry side of the spectrum.
Australian Wine Companion 2006 2005
James Halliday (2001 Vintage) says
Medium red-purple; attractive, gently spicy/savoury edges to the red berry fruit of the bouquet is followed by a full-bodied palate, once again with a savoury/varietal grip to the deep blackcurrant fruit; needs time and will only go upwards from here.
Australian Wine Companion 2004 2003
James Halliday (2000 Vintage) says
Medium purple-red; clean, fresh, sweet berry aromas are followed by a palate offering a mix of light but sweet berry fruit, then a more savoury finish around fine tannins.
Australian Wine Companion 2003 2002

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