2016 Terre à Terre Crayeres Vineyard Cabernet
2016 Terre à Terre Crayeres Vineyard Cabernet
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The Terre á Terre Cabernet vineyard was planted in 2004 and is now seriously starting to come into its own – the 2016 vintage being the best yet. Classic mid to deep ruby for classy Cabernet, it shows layers of cassis, graphite and pencil shavings fruits but backed by that savoury baked earth of Wrattonbully. It’s big, it’s bold, it’s dry and deeply structured – flavour dialled up to the maximum but also with incredible balance of tannins. It is potentially a classic Australian red in the making and superb value – get some.
Produced from the close planted Crayères vineyard the wine is a blend of 86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Cabernet Franc and 5% Shiraz. It was aged for 10 months in 48% new oak as individual parcels, before being blended and aged in large oak for a further 18 months. Less than 6000 bottles produced. This is a breathtaking wine, it is floral and pretty on the nose taking on the large portion of new oak yet retains its varietal appeal with generosity of blackberry fruit and a suggestion of liquorice and graphite. The palate is all about balance, this is the complete package with a flowing background of fruit and oak tannin that enjoys a plushness of dark berry fruits yet has bright acidity and layers of spice. To finish there is unsweetened liquorice strap to driving blackberry. A wine that will live and evolve for decades.
With a 9 per cent splash of cabernet franc, the flagship red excites with pure Belgian chocolate, cassis, regional menthol, licorice and rose petals. Medium-bodied with mesh-like tannins. Tight black olive and cassis/blackcurrant flavours that last long.
86% cabernet sauvignon, 9% cabernet franc, 5% shiraz matured for 18 months in French oak, 48% new. The oak regime was similar as per the shiraz but cabernet has stared it down. Here's a wine you can invest in with confidence. Deep-set blackcurrant, fresh boysenberry, tobacco, gum leaves and smoky/cedary oak. It's ripped with tannin, flush with fruit, and immaculate from all angles.
It’s the quality of the tannin here that lifts it above the ruck. Slate and earth, a mix of red and black fruits, slight aniseed perfume, even acidity, plenty of length with tannin keeping it on track. Excellent.
Possibly the best Terre a Terra Cab yet. Oak is omnipresent, but the fruit is well up for it. A firm, richly textured, right bank-esque full tilt red with classic cedar varietal character, coffeed oak and thick-cut tannins. Large, powerful and very ripe ala St-Emilion, but has an unexpected balance, Oak tannic. Warm. Firm. A huge statement of a wine, and impressive because of that impact. Long and built to last for decades. Six to eight years for a start, then twenty years.
Quite deep, ripe and juicy aromas with a redcurrant, wild-cherry and raspberry core. Fine, fleshy fruit and juicy, assertive tannins here that cut the finish tight and tidy. A blend of 85% cabernet sauvignon, with cabernet franc and shiraz. Drink or hold.
This Terre à Terre wine is from the Crayères vineyard in Wrattonbully, north of Coonawarra. It has aromas of cedar, earth and red fruits and that Coonawarra “ferrous” character. The palate has long length and terrific balance. An impressive release, this wine can be approached now but should improve with 5 to 8 years in the cellar. Very Good to Outstanding.
How's it taste?
This Terre à Terre wine is from the Crayères vineyard in Wrattonbully, north of Coonawarra. It has aromas of cedar, earth and red fruits and that Coonawarra “ferrous” character. The palate has long length and terrific balance. An impressive release, this wine can be approached now but should improve with 5 to 8 years in the cellar.
How was it made?
'Ever since our first vintage in 2009, the fruit from our low-trellised and close-spaced single vineyard has displayed amazing tannin structure which can be tasted in the berries. It is a classic example of Cabernet Sauvignon from the Limestone Coast, with exemplary cassis fruit flavours. The Terre à Terre Cabernet Sauvignon always displays very unique oak characters that mellow the edges of the very structured wine. We anticipate that the wine will age very well in the long term.'
The Crayères vineyard is located next to Tapanappa’s Whalebone Vineyard, at the top of a north-south limestone ridge in Wrattonbully, one of Australia’s most exciting regions. The Terra Rossa top-soil is characteristic of the area. This part of the vineyard was planted on rootstocks in 2008, using cuttings from the neighbouring Whalebone Vineyard and French clones, and at a relatively high density for the area (4,444 vines per hectare, similar to the density of vineyards in Saint Emilion). The fruiting wire is only 50cm above ground, which is why the local vignerons call the vines the “low vines”.
Who made it?
Terre à Terre is a family-owned wine estate, growing and making still and sparkling wines in two cool climate regions in South Australia: the Piccadilly Valley in the Adelaide Hills, and Wrattonbully on the Limestone Coast.
Xavier Bizot and Lucy Croser both grew up surrounded by passionate winemaking families. In 2005 they launched their boutique wine import business, Terroir Selections. Together they unearthed small, terroir-led, family wine domaines from Europe for importation to Australia. Inspired by the wines they discovered, they purchased a special piece of land in Wrattonbully, South Australia and planted their first vineyard. From the beginning the vision for Terre à Terre has been to grow the very best quality grapes, from the same vineyard sites every year, and then vinify them using the best of French and Australian wine practices.
In addition to Terre à Terre, the couple also grown and make traditional method sparkling wine under the name DAOSA (Dedicated Artisans of South Australia), from their sparkling Chardonnay and Pinot Noir vineyards in the Piccadilly Valley, Adelaide Hills.
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