2016 Terre à Terre Crayeres Vineyard Reserve

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In recent years when someone asks about an emerging classic of Australian wine I seem to always go back to the Crayeres Vineyard. There is uncompromising care and thought in viticulture and winemaking that produces some of the most compelling wines coming out of South Australia.The Crayeres Reserve is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (68%), Shiraz (16%), and Cabernet Franc (16%). It was aged in a large proportion of new French Oak (84 %) for 11 moths and then spent a further 17 months in a 5 year old oak foudre before being bottled in December 2018, and aged in bottle for a further 18 months prior to release.The fruit has soaked up the new oak with blackberry and earth given a spiced, vanillin lift on the nose. The palate has an elegance to its medium bodied frame with a tannin and acid that flows from start to finish that gives texture and dimension to fruit and oak influence. The mid palate takes on a more earthen and savoury note that combines with generous spice and undergrowth with a bitter dark cherry like impact. The length is incredible, and the wine is bound to evolve and grow over the coming decade.Nothing short of an icon.
Patrick Eckel
The Brief
Alcohol
14.5%
Net Volume
750ml
Vintage
2016
Cellar to
2030
Light Dark
Wine Scale 5
Why's this wine for you?

We think Xavier Bizot Is much lauded Terre à Terre Crayères Vineyard Reserve 2016 - is one of the best Cabernet blends on the Australian landscape. With about 20% each of Cabernet Franc and Shiraz along for the ride, it’s aged it’s maturing for a total of 21 months, first in 75% French Oak and then in a larger old fourdre. Pain-stakingly crafted, it was well deserving of it’s Gold Medal at The Drinks Business Cabernet Sauvignon Global Masters 2021.

Located just a stone's throw north of Coonawarra itself, the two regions share much in common. The deep red soils, the same Bordelaise-esque maritime climate, and of course the ability to create Cabernet that is both impossibly fragrant and deeply structured. It’s the latter which stands Wrattonbully apart, and seems to be the driving force behind Terre a Terre laying stake here. If you know Xavier, you’ll know that he is here for the long-haul.

Terre à Terre Crayères Vineyard Reserve 2016 is an investment. You’re getting decades of development and a chance to grow old together with one of Australia’s best Cabernet blends.

How's it taste?
Deepish red colour with a faint trace of purple. The bouquet shows some herbal cabernet notes and the beginnings of development, with touches of cedar and tobacco, while the palate is sweetly raspberry, mulberry-like and showing more elegance than concentration or brute power. The bouquet of dried balsamic herbs includes a touch of mint. The tannins are appropriately firm on the finish and there are red fruit, herb and cedary oak flavours that linger. Very good palate focus and tension.
Critic Reviews
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Expert Review
98 Points
Patrick Eckel
In recent years when someone asks about an emerging classic of Australian wine I seem to always go back to the Crayeres Vineyard. There is uncompromising care and thought in viticulture and winemaking that produces some of the most compelling wines coming out of South Australia.The Crayeres Reserve is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (68%), Shiraz (16%), and Cabernet Franc (16%). It was aged in a large proportion of new French Oak (84 %) for 11 moths and then spent a further 17 months in a 5 year old oak foudre before being bottled in December 2018, and aged in bottle for a further 18 months prior to release.The fruit has soaked up the new oak with blackberry and earth given a spiced, vanillin lift on the nose. The palate has an elegance to its medium bodied frame with a tannin and acid that flows from start to finish that gives texture and dimension to fruit and oak influence. The mid palate takes on a more earthen and savoury note that combines with generous spice and undergrowth with a bitter dark cherry like impact. The length is incredible, and the wine is bound to evolve and grow over the coming decade.Nothing short of an icon.
Expert Review
Expert Review
97 Points
Tony Love - Winepilot.com
This icon iteration from Xavier Bizot, as he stakes the red-wine reputation of his south-east SA Wrattonbully vineyard on the traditional Australian cabernet-shiraz blend, is claret on steroids. What makes it his ultimate statement, his “Reserve” style, is immediately obvious in the glass: a seductive perfume of cabernet in crushed black berry and floral violet mode, these spilling into an intensely evocative weave of rich, dark, spicy and savoury elements that speak all about the synergy of fruit, oak and time.
Expert Review
Expert Review
96 Points
Stuart Robinson - Vinsomniac
Barrel selection of Cabernet Sauvignon (68%) with the balance being equal components of Cabernet Franc and Shiraz.Sullen on initial opening, the oak (average 84% new) being more prominent and masking the profile of the fruit.The palate is tight, a firm and coiled tannin profile speaks volumes as to the wine’s quality, potential and longevity.Slowly the wine begins its long reveal, red and black berry fruit is drawn long across the palate, a freshening length working in tandem with oak and tannin to create a lasting sensation that lingers long in the memory. An exquisite, harmoniously balanced wine. Assured of a bright future.
Expert Review
Expert Review
95 Points
Huon Hooke - The Real Review
Deepish red colour with a faint trace of purple. The bouquet shows some herbal cabernet notes and the beginnings of development, with touches of cedar and tobacco, while the palate is sweetly raspberry, mulberry-like and showing more elegance than concentration or brute power. The bouquet of dried balsamic herbs includes a touch of mint. The tannins are appropriately firm on the finish and there are red fruit, herb and cedary oak flavours that linger. Very good palate focus and tension.
Expert Review
Expert Review
95 Points
James Halliday - Halliday's Wine Companion
60% cabernet sauvignon, 20% shiraz and 20% cabernet franc matured in French oak (75% new) for 6 months, then a 5yo foudre for 15 months. There's a lot of oak in the wine, but the fruit is sturdy and generous, so there's every reason to believe it will quickly find flavour balance.
Expert Review
Expert Review
94 Points
Campbell Mattinson - The Wine Front
rown on the estate’s close-planted vineyard in Wrattonbully. Cabernet sauvignon (68%), shiraz (16%) and cabernet franc (16%). 84% new French oak for 11 months and then into five-year-old oak for 18 months. Just over 460 dozen produced.There’s a good deal of oak flavour (and texture) here but the fruit, while not dense, is essentially up to it and the length of the finish is top-tier. This wine tastes of redcurrant and iodine, cedarwood and toast, and while there are dried herb and saltbush-like characters, this wine is more about fruit and oak than it is about leaf. Tannin is expertly, expertly massaged into the wine and helps therefore to carry the finish; if it wasn’t for the elevated level of oak I suspect I’d be raving even more than I am. Give it a few more years.
Expert Review
Expert Review
93 Points
Joe Czerwinski - Robert Parker
The 2016 Crayeres Vineyard Reserve is a blend of 68% Cabernet Sauvignon and 16% each Cabernet Franc and Shiraz, aged in mostly new oak for 11 months, then blended and matured another 17 months in an older foudre. It still shows plenty of cedar and vanilla on the nose, wrapping those elements around a core of cassis, cherries and mint. In the mouth, the wine is medium to full-bodied, marked by supple tannins, a pleasant, creamy-ish texture and a long, smooth finish. Give it another couple of years in bottle, then drink it over the following decade or so.
Expert Review
Expert Review
93 Points
James Suckling
Mid brick-red in the glass, the first impression is of ripeness and there’s plenty of regional leaf, bracken and mint on offer, along with redcurrant, red plum and some subtle fresh leather. The palate is elegant, supple and medium-bodied and carries bright red berries and plums in ripe, smoothly rendered style. Drink over the next five years.
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