Clairault Streicker Wines

Halley & Lex Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

Margaret River, Australia

100% Cabernet Sauvignon | 13.5%

£14.00

We are delighted to present this Australian red wine made from 100% Cabernet Sauvignon grapes. Halley & Lex is a range that Clairault Streicker has designed specifically for restaurants and for those who like wines by the glass due to the wine's overt appeal. Plump and friendly with a cracking value for money!

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The dense entry of black and red fruits leads to a fine and vibrant palate of currants, rose water, and subtle spicy oak tones. The finish is rich and broad with yet more flavours of chocolate, mocha, and blue fruits.

Service: Serve at 15° to 18°C.

Food Pairing: Excellent with beef, pork, duck, lamb, poultry, pasta in tomato sauce, and vegetarian dishes.

Meet the winemaker: Bruce Dukes. A University of Western Australia trained Argonomist and a Masters Degree in Viticulture and Oenology from the University of California, science underpins Bruce’s approach to selecting fruit. The combination of his passion, artistic and intuitive flair take Bruce on his wine journey.

Bruce Dukes’ first vintage with Clairault Streicker was in 2006 with the Streicker Ironstone Block Chardonnay. When the Clairault Vineyard was added to the Clairault Streicker portfolio in 2012, he became the Chief Winemaker of the full family of Clairault Streicker wines.

Bruce’s holistic approach to grape growing and winemaking is shaped by over three decades of local and international winemaking experience – including five years at Francis Ford Coppola’s Niebaum-Coppola winery in California. His time spent in California helped hone his exacting and confident approach. His winemaking philosophy is best described by wine expert Professor Steven Kolpan who noted in his book ‘A Sense of Place’ that, “Bruce Dukes articulates the art and science of winemaking with elegance and ease. Bruce knows that the best wines are made vine by vine, berry by berry…”

Clairault Streicker is a family-owned grower and wine producer located on the rugged south-west coastline of Western Australia, they are the owners and caretakers of four distinct sites spanning three of Margaret River sub-regions - Yallingup, Wilyabrup, and Karridale and spread over 400+ hectares.

In 2001, John H. Streicker visited Margaret River for the first time. He was taken by the relaxed Margaret River lifestyle, the region’s passion for sustainable viticulture and world-class wine production. A year later he acquired his first vineyard, Yallingup, followed shortly by the Ironstone and Bridgeland vineyards in the mid-2000s.

The Ironstone Vineyard is set on 101 hectares on Caves Road with 25 hectares under vine. Its tightly spaced vines are planted to promote healthy competition and intensely flavoured fruit. The brown loamy sands over gravelly clay soils at Ironstone are exceptionally well suited for premium viticulture use.

The Bridgeland Vineyard is an expansive, undulating 200-hectare property with 100-hectare under vine wrapped around one of the largest water catchments in the Karridale sub-region. Nurtured within the cooler inland Karridale sub-region, with its own microclimate regulated by the large reservoir, this vineyard produces wines of exceptionally high quality.

The Yallingup Protea Farm & Vineyards is set on 120 hectares in the Yallingup sub-region of the Margaret River Wine Region, with 26-hectare under vine. The Yallingup property was the first vineyard acquired by the Streicker family 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.

1* Up & Coming

Clairault Streicker, with its roots stretching back to 1976, is well underway with its environmental sustainability journey. They have adopted low-intervention, biological farming practices, which minimise environmental impact.

All four vineyards are certified with Sustainable Winegrowing Australia, ensuring compliance with rigorous sustainability standards.

The Clairault Vineyard's location at the confluence of three water catchments exemplifies strategic natural resource management, with the property being recognised for its high biodiversity, contributing to ecological health.

At the Ironstone Vineyard, carefully planned vine spacing promotes natural plant competition, leading to intensely flavoured fruit, a practice that harmonises high-quality production with environmental care.

Additionally, the Bridgeland Vineyard, benefiting from a unique microclimate due to its large water catchment, underscores the company's commitment to leveraging natural features to enhance sustainability.

The Yallingup Protea Farm & Vineyard diversifies its produce with both grapes and flowers, representing an integrated approach to land use that supports biodiversity.

Through these concrete practices, Clairault Streicker's approach to sustainability not only respects and preserves the natural environment but also elevates the quality and reputation of its produce within the Margaret River region.

Red | Still | 75cl | 13.5% ABV

Recognition: Vintage 2017 - James Halliday Top 100, published in The Australian 2019: 92pts, Wine Enthusiast, October Issue 2019: 91pts | Vintage 2018 - Sydney Royal Wine Show, 2019: 92pts, Wine Enthusiast, October Issue 2019: 90pts

Cellaring: Ready to drink now.

Vinification: The fruit was de-stemmed and crushed so that each berry is just split to promote fresh, clean flavour. Cool fermentation allows controlled extraction of tannin and flavour. The wine was pumped over three times a day for 14 days, before being gently pressed to French oak for 10 months.

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