2018 Terre a Terre Crayeres Vineyard Cabernet Franc Shiraz

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The 63% of Cabernet Franc makes its delicate mark, with ink and violet florals, sweet anise and fresh, well-defined blackberry and plum. It is medium-bodied, with subtle cedar oak, a fine, chalky plume of tannins and persistent acidity. A unique, lissom red, with lovely balance and finesse for the price. Following nine months in barrel, the Cabernet Franc spent another nine months in an old 4,000l French oak foudre while the Shiraz stayed in barrels.
Sarah Ahmed - Decanter
The Brief
Alcohol
15.0%
Net Volume
750ml
Vintage
2018
Cellar to
2035
How's it taste?
The Crayères Vineyard Cabernet Franc Shiraz 2018 is our unique blend, and isa natural combined evolution of our Crayères Vineyard Cabernet Franc and ofour Wrattonbully RED, and therefore the fourth vintage of this wine. Thewarm and dry 2018 vintage was the perfect vintage for Cabernet Franc andShiraz. The wine is unique, with floral characters and tannin structure fromthe Cabernet Franc, and ripe blackberry core fruit on the mid palate. It is avery charming and seductive wine.
How was it made?
The fruit was transported back to the Tapanappa winery in the Piccadilly Valley, AdelaideHills before it was crushed and destemmed. The must was fermented separately in largerpotter fermenters and smaller open-top fermenters. After fermentation and maceration, themust was pressed off skins and each variety went through malolactic in tank. At the end ofmalolactic in August 2018, the wines were racked and aged in French oak barrels (averageof 21% new oak) for 9 months. The Cabernet Franc was then blended to one old 4,000LFrench oak foudre and aged for a further 9 months, whilst the Shiraz stayed in barrels.After a light egg fining in foudre and barrels, the wines were racked one more time in theblending tank, before bottling without filtration in mid June 2020.
Critic Reviews
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Expert Review
95 Points
Sarah Ahmed - Decanter
The 63% of Cabernet Franc makes its delicate mark, with ink and violet florals, sweet anise and fresh, well-defined blackberry and plum. It is medium-bodied, with subtle cedar oak, a fine, chalky plume of tannins and persistent acidity. A unique, lissom red, with lovely balance and finesse for the price. Following nine months in barrel, the Cabernet Franc spent another nine months in an old 4,000l French oak foudre while the Shiraz stayed in barrels.
Expert Review
Expert Review
93 Points
Campbell Mattinson - The Wine Front
According to the press sheet “the experience of making Crayères Vineyard reds in the last five years has made us realise that the fine wine credentials of the vineyard rely on the use of shiraz as a blending component”. Hence this once-was-varietal-cabernet-franc wine now includes shiraz in no small proportion (37%).It’s a beautifully balanced and presented red wine. Malty oak, creamy mouthfeel, herb and iodine notes flicked here and there and a pure, confident pour of berried fruit running all the way through. Tannin has a bit of kick to it, in a good way. This is a medium wine done really well. For now or later, it will perform equally well.
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Expert Review
92 Points
James Suckling
Here’s a polished and approachable blend of 63% cabernet franc and 37% shiraz that offers bright red berries and plums, a gentle leafy, arboreal thread and subtle oak on the nose. The palate is effortless and carries plenty of bright red and blue-fruit flavors amid crisp, feathery tannins. Good value here. Drink or hold.
Expert Review
Expert Review
91 Points
Huon Hooke - The Real Review
Deep red colour with a tinge of purple, the bouquet scented and gently floral with a suggestion of angelica, an unusual herb trace, the palate tight and firmly composed, with tension and compactness. The palate has length and linearity as opposed to the richness, weight and breadth of some of the other wines. The tannins are firm and tightly-coiled. A keeper.
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