Alain H Lee
Alain H Lee is a Professional Wine Consultant from Western Australia and with an impressive background of experiences from around the world. Today Alain is sharing some of his latest wine trip on in a a small Vineyard in Frankland River, 7 hours south of Perth Western Australia.
CLOS DU TERRE WINES
By Alain H Lee
Clos du Terre wines is a 10 hectare dry growth vineyard with mature vines, situated 7 hours south of Perth in the Frankland River region of Western Australia. It is part of the Great Southern Wine Region 150 kilometre in size from north to south and 100 kilometres east to west divided into five sub regions.( Albany, Denmark, Frankland River, Mount Barker and Porongurup ) Climate ranges from being maritime influenced to moderate continental. Frankland River is open with gently rolling hills, soil is granite based, topsoil is rich,red in colour with consistent depth. Between these wine growing regions lies vast tracts of farmland where grain, cattle and sheep is produced.
French born Clemence Haselgrove from Bordeaux is winemaker and her husband Lee is viticultralist produce stunning rieslings from this small vineyard site. In 2016 saw a Shiraz added to the range. Their rieslings are fragrant, showing lovely lime characters and mineral aroma, while the Shiraz is medium bodied, dark intense fruits, spice, liquorice and lovely fine tannins. Quantity produced of these wines are are in the hundreds of cases only.
I first looked at these the riesling when Clemence visited me in Dubai with two unlabelled bottles of their first vintage 2014 riesling for me to evaluate. On tasting I knew that Clos du Terre is a star on the rise. It’s always a privilege to taste wines, made by passionate people such the Haselgroves. At this stage their wines are only available in Perth and Sydney due to the small amount produced. If ever visiting Australia Clos du Terre wines are worth seeking out for their expressiveness of varietal characters of their wines.