Clairault | Streicker
Clairault | Streicker Wines is a privately owned vineyard. The story began back in 1976 when Ian and Ani Lewis and planted their first vines with 4 hectares in Margaret River. Their first vintage was in 1980 and over the years they grew the size of the property (and wines being produced) to more than 68 hectares in 1999.
Then in 1999 Bill Martin and family bought the property and started to make their mark on the wines by updating the winemaking facilities and beginning low-intervention, biological farming practices.
In 2002 John Streicker bought the neighbouring property as well as its vineyards which had been planted in 1996. Then in 2006 Streicker Wines released its first vintage.
Four years ago, 2012, Clairault and Streicker became ‘Clairault Streicker.’ It is now a huge property, with over 300 hectares not only home to vines but also dams, natural springs and some of the oldest native forests in the region. The wines are sold in Australia and abroad.
They are committed to environmentally sustainable farming practices and are fortunate to have vineyards in three Margaret River sub-regions, which optimises Margaret River’s different microclimates; Yallingup, Wilyabrup and
Yallingup, this is where the first vines were planted in 1976 and they state the area ‘adds other components of varietal and soil conditions choices to our portfolio.’
Wilyabrup here there are some old vines here as well and these are used to make their single-vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay.
Wallcliffe, here the guys at Clairault | Streicker explain that the cooler climate and longer growing season at their 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.’