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A vintage winery with unexpected surprises

 

Unexpected surprises at Clairault Streicker

Long-lunches, sweeping views, and proteas!

They say it’s the quiet ones you have to watch.

Clairault Streicker Wines are doing some great things, quietly going about the business of making fantastic wines, but also creating a terrific visitor experience.

For more than 40 years, the Clairault Streicker Estate has produced some of the finest wines in the Margaret River region, originally as Clairault and more recently through a range of both Clairault and Streicker vintages. They are producing wines typical, and not so typical, of the region in a range of price points, and available for tasting at their cellar door. Their vineyards are spread across the region – in Yallingup, Wilyabrup and Karridale – which means they are able to grow an impressive range of Margaret River wine varieties.

Actually, the Cellar Door is a great place to start your Clairault Streicker journey. Accessible from both Caves Road to the west and Henry Road (off Puzey Road) to the east, visitors are greeted by acres of vines and a lush green lawn that begs for a picnic rug. The good news is you won’t have to beg, as rugs, cushions and lawn games are readily available to enjoy.

I learnt there’s many ways to enjoy a visit to Clairault Streicker and I’d recommend allowing a decent amount of time to enjoy both wine AND food.

The Cellar Door has created a new Private Tasting Experience, launching in December 2017, that provides a wonderful introduction to Margaret River region wines for first-time visitors or those wanting to get a greater understanding of why this is such a special part of the winemaking world.

Enjoy being guided through seven carefully selected vintage wines across both labels, carefully matched with mouthwatering morsels complementing the wine varieties. Included in the experience is a stroll to the original A1 vineyard block to see where it all began in 1976. Taste and learn about the wine, and eat delicious food – think grilled southwest octopus, rabbit terrine, house made fetta, pressed lamb with cous cous and smoked salmon croquettes. The menu will change seasonally.

Bookings for the Private Tasting Experience are required 24 hours in advance and the cost is $85 per person for groups of up to ten people or as little as two. Stay for lunch (if you still have room) and enjoy a complimentary glass of your favourite wine from the tasting.

The food presented by the winery is based on their philosophy of great produce served simply. And they serve it with care and precision too. Chef Matt Almond and his kitchen team make their own cheeses, cured meat and sausages which provides an indication of the attention to detail.

What’s lovely about the Clairault Streicker lunch menu is the option to tailor it to the way you like to eat and where you’d like to eat it. Choose from the five course $50 Long Lunch menu or a combination of small and large plates depending on your hunger level. Select a combination of four small dishes to enjoy as a picnic on the lawn for $72, which could easily feed two people. Sides, cheese and desserts complete the choices available. There are plenty of tables inside and out and a roaring fire in winter. A kids menu offers more than the standard. For the non-wine drinkers there’s local Black Brewing beer, plus juices, soft drinks and coffee.

You’ll need to plan a return visit to work your way through the menu.

If you love the wines you taste at the Cellar Door, there’s a cellar club to join, offering up to 30 percent discount on a range of wine, plus a special annual cellar club lunch. Keep an eye out for a cheeky new release coming out soon and don’t forget to buy a bunch of freshly picked proteas grown on the property, along with local gifts and gourmet food.

Clairault Streicker staff love what they do. It’s evident in the way they talk about the wine, the labels, the food, the vineyards and the brand.  Pop in and have a chat to them to find out for yourself and while away an afternoon in the relaxing surrounds.

5 Clairault Streicker surprises:

  • They need a bigger trophy cabinet! Clairault Streicker has retained its rating as a red five-star winery by the Aussie wine bible – the James Halliday Wine Companion. The ‘bible’ this year rated 9 out of 12 of the Clairault Streicker wines at 95 points or higher. They were also named Margaret River Winery of the Year at the 2017 New York International Wine Competition, plus they were awarded a number of medals in the 2017 Decanter World Wine Awards. The list goes on!
  • The food – it’s hearty, fresh and delicious – and they make their own sausages and cheese (try the fetta!)
  • New Private Tasting Experience – a great way to learn about Margaret River wine
  • Their Protea farm! Stop in at the cellar door to buy a bunch when in season
  • The oldest vines on the property have been in the ground for more than 40 years!

Clairault Streicker – Fast Facts:

Located at 3277 Caves Road, Wilyabrup, Clairault Streicker is in the northen half of the Margaret River wine region. A ten minute drive south of Dunsborough, and a 30 minute drive north of the Margaret River township.

Cellar door is open 10am till 5pm daily, 7 days a week

The cafe is open daily from 11am – 4pm. Closed Good Friday and Christmas day.

Janine Pittaway

About Janine Pittaway

Janine Pittaway is a proud West Aussie, a food and wine lover, a 25-year communications professional and, for her sins, a passionate Fremantle Dockers supporter. When she’s not working for clients of her PR business, Bright Communications, she’s out and about experiencing the south west’s restaurants, coastline and attractions. Janine moved to Yallingup five years ago with her partner Stewart and cat Sago.

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