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Clairault Estate Cabernet Sauvignon

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Clairault Estate Cabernet Sauvignon

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Ray Jordan (2010 Vintage) says
Elegant expression of cabernet from this part of Margaret River. Red berry and black olive nuances in the nose with leafy tobacco and light chocolate influences. The palate has an angular feel with tight tannins and oak in support. Will evolve over time.
WA Wine Guide 2013 2012
Jeremy Oliver (2009 Vintage) says
Supple and stylish, with a smoky bouquet of intense cassis, raspberry and dark cherry aromas backed by sweet, mocha-like oak and underbrush. Genuinely ripened, it's smooth and elegant, with a delightful length of penetrative small black and red berry flavours and a fine, loose-knit undercarriage. It finishes with freshness, focus and measured acidity.
The Australian Wine Annual 2012
Ray Jordan (2009 Vintage) says
These old vines pump some fine fruit into these cabernets, clearly contributing to a fine and more elegant structure. This has all the elegance and poise you expect but with power and purpose on a supremely balanced palate. Great oak use merges with the firm tannin to build a wine that will happily cellar for 10 years.
The West Australian Wine Guide 2012
James Halliday (2007 Vintage) says
The hue, strangely, is slightly less impressive than the standard wine; however, the varietal fruit flavours are more intense, the tannins relegated to a still-important support role; excellent length and balance.
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Australian Wine Companion 2011
Rob Geddes MW (2007 Vintage) says
Cabernet sauvignon, franc and merlot in a savoury style with black and red fruits flowing smoothly in the leaner southern Margaret River spectrum. Ripe savoury and concentrated.
Australian Wine Vintages
Ray Jordan (2007 Vintage) says
Love the bouquet. IT's perfumed and complex with a mix of cedar, mint red berry and subtle floral nuances. Immediate appealing. Then dig the palate with its deep fleshy fruit wound up with fine grained oak and silky ripe tannins. It adds up to the best Cabernet release from Clairault.
Ray Jordan's 2011 WA Wine Guide
Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (2007 Vintage) says
Walsh got very excited over this wine. Cabernet is his thang', you see. He started mentioning French wines and regions, at which point Mattinson's la-di-da meter blurted out the most alarming noise. This review was written by Walsh. Tops. Great cabernet. A stounding length of flavour. Flavours of lead pencil, spice, dark cherries, cassis, earth, gumleaf and top-quality French oak. Savoury, gamey, tobacco accents too. Lots of smooth, fine-grained tannins. What a dark, savoury, persistent beauty this is.
The Big Red Wine Book 2010/11
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
Classic cabernet aroma and flavour, blackcurrant and cassis offset by flecks of black olive and earth; fine cedary oak and tannins on a long finish.
Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
Nick Stock (2005 Vintage) says
Another suave, effortlessly balanced cabernet from the northern end of Margaret River, showing some green herbs and leaves, ripe berries and chocolate. On the palate it stretches across finely sprung acidity, tightly coiled and balanced, with more leaf and herb amid cassis fruit flavour, fine tannins. Powerful and compact.
Good Australian Wine Guide 2009 2008
Rob Geddes MW (2005 Vintage) says
Pure varietal fruit with balanced tangy acidity and fine tannins progressing in the leaner, finer spectrum but with considerable length.
Australian Wine Vintages 2010
Ray Jordan (2005 Vintage) says
Boy these guys are getting their Cabernet right big time. This is another cracking good wine. It's immensely powerful yet the silky structure glides it effortlessly to a sustained finish. This is a classy expression of Margaret River Cabernet and clearly one of the best yet released from Clairault.
Ray Jordan's 2009 WA Wine Guide 2009
James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says
Oak plays an important role in distinguishing this wine from the regional version, giving it more structure, but (given the alcohol) it is surprising there isn't even more sweet fruit.
Australian Wine Companion 2008 2007
Jeremy Oliver (2004 Vintage) says
Long, firm and tightly focused, with a violet-like perfume and a fresh, vibrant presence of raspberries, cassis and blackberries backed dark chocolate/vanilla oak and a hint of iodide. Its plush, mouthfilling palate is evenly backed by a crunchy, loose-knit undercarriage and lingering suggestions of tobacco and dried herbs. Just a fraction too herbaceous for a higher rating.
Australian Wine Annual 2009 2008
James Halliday (2002 Vintage) says
Medium to full-bodied; clean and intense blackcurrant fruit supported by ripe tannins and quality French oak.
Australian Wine Companion 2006 2005
James Halliday (2001 Vintage) says
Medium purple-red; the complex bouquet has blackcurrant plus appealing touches of spice and sweet earth, the palate focusing on pure, sweet, ripe blackcurrant fruit; excellent tannin and oak balance. Lovely wine.
Australian Wine Companion 2004 2003

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