Streicker | Syrah | Margaret River | Australia 2012 | 92 Points
Sourced from the cool climate Bridgeland Vineyard (planted 1998) in Australia’s Margaret River wine region on the country’s western coast, Streicker’s 2012 Syrah is a sensual affair, with aromas hinting of brandied fruit, woodsmoke, and sweet cured tobacco that transition to flavors suggesting blackberry preserve, tapenade, and mint — layered with notions of roasted meat, cola, and iron — that crescendo over a velvety finish. It is dry and full-bodied, with moderate tannins, acidity, and subtly integrated oak; the wine aged in Burgundian-style oak barrels (33% new) for 14 months. This is a finely-crafted Syrah that is delicious now and promises to reward over the next five years at least. Pair it with medium-sharp cheeses and cured meats, barbecue and roasts, and other hearty fare.
14.1% ABV | $40
Clairault | Cabernet Sauvignon – Merlot Margaret River | Australia | 2014 | 91 Points
A selection from Clairault’s modestly-priced Margaret River line of wines, this is a blend of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Merlot. It is an energetic red, with suggestions of boysenberry preserve, toasted fresh herbs, and bell pepper on the nose; and on the palate, black currant, dark chocolate-covered blueberry, and mint tea — all interwoven with hints of mission fig and sweet cured tobacco over a lively finish. It is dry and full-bodied, with moderate tannins and acidity and spicy oak; the wine aged in French oak for 10 months. This is a young red that drinks fresh and pure now with an hour’s decant, but a little patience over the next several years should yield a wine quite remarkable for the price. Enjoy it with sharp cheeses, seared beef tenderloin, braised short ribs, game dishes, and other hearty fare.
14.5% ABV | $25
Availability: Clairault (established in 1976) and Streicker (established in 2002) — originally neighboring but independent wineries and vineyards — merged into a single winemaking operation in 2012, which today sustainably farms upwards of 750 acres under vine. Clairault | Streicker has limited distribution outside of Australia, however, so for information on the availability of these and other selections wherever you may live visit them virtually at www.clairaultstreickerwines.com.au/. In the United States, Streicker wines are available for sale in New York, New Jersey, Washington, D.C., and Connecticutt. For inquiries as to availability in those areas, contact their U.S. sales representative at email@example.com.