Clericus is the Roman origin of Clark and is associated with Roman scholars. Clark Estate reserves only our finest wines to carry the name Clericus. These are wines made with love and passion. They tell a story of our land, our vines and our dedication to making great wine. Intelligent use of oak and indigenous yeast have created wines of wonderful harmony and balance.
As the Roman Empire spread, so did the evolution of viticulture around Europe. Vineyards were created in the best locations and wines were made using only the basic ingredients.
The Clericus wines are crafted with the same philosophy of using grapes from the most premium sites and using only nature to ferment the wines. Each wine is made to represent both the sense of place and also the origin of the grape itself. Only once the wine is in perfect balance will it be bottled and left to age slightly before being released.
Individual rows are chosen by hand and each parcel of fruit is carefully selected and kept separate throughout the winemaking process to preserve the unique flavours. Indigenous fermentations and time on lees allow subtle earthy flavours and a lovely texture to develop. The wines are rich and complex with a perfect amount of oak used in every wine to compliment the style. (up until now already exists on both the Clericus Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot noir on the Shop page)
The Clericus wines consist of Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris, Riesling, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.
Sauvignon Blanc: Ferox MMXVIII
A powerful and concentrated wine that is packed with ripe stone fruit flavours and layered with exotic tropical aromas created by the use of wild yeast and selective use of oak. A beautifully balanced wine with exquisite finesse and harmony. Enjoy this wine now or until 2028+.
Pinot Gris: Ferox MMXXII
This beautifully textured and rich Pinot Gris exhibits wonderfully complex aromas of rose petal and ripe pear juice. Toasty ginger and spice flavours integrate seamlessly with a rich mouthfeel which is supported by fine acidity. At its best now until 2025
Pinot Noir: Ferox MMXVII
Deep ruby, with a fragrant, savoury, slightly herbal bouquet. Full-bodied, it has concentrated plum, herb and spice flavours, complex and savoury, fine-grained tannins and a lengthy finish.