Why's this wine for you?
The 2019 Terre à Terre Crayères Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc is the eleventh release of this Australian classic. The fruit is hand harvested from the close spaced Crayères Vineyard and whole bunch pressed before being fermented in large old oak demi-muids.

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The Brief
Alcohol
13.1%
Net Volume
750ml
Vintage
2019
Cellar to
2040
How's it taste?
The low yields of the 2019 vintage have brought this already classic example of Sauvignon Blanc to a new level of class. The ripe and concentrated core fruit is carried by a velvety and seductive palate. Anan extraordinary example of Sauvignon Blanc.
How was it made?
Severe bunch thinning kept yields low, concentrating flavour. The fruit was chilled for two days before whole-bunch pressed. After two months cold-settling in a stainless-steel tank, the juice was fermented in six old 600L French oak demi-muids (Vosges and Allier). The wine was then aged in demi-muids for eight months on full lees with no bâtonnage, then racked to stainless steel and left to settle for a month before being bottled in December 2019.
Critic Reviews
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Expert Review
96 Points
James Halliday - Halliday's Wine Companion
Cold-settled for 2 months, a technique developed by Brian Croser, but rarely duplicated. Fermentation in used 600L demi-muids, then matured on full lees for 8 months. The result is very complex, but the fruit is undaunted, with layers of lemon curd, citrus and a whisper of honey.
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Expert Review
95 Points
Huon Hooke
Pale yellow hue. Fragrant ripe-fruit aromas of gooseberry, kiwi fruit, lemon, and a patina of creamy lees, but no herbaceousness. Oak is not visible: barrel maturation has been very subtly done. The wine is intense, focused and long on the palate. Good fruit concentration. It's still youthfully restrained but the power is obvious. A superb drink now and will reward several years of cellaring.
Expert Review
Expert Review
95 Points
Huon Hooke
Creamy yeasty aromas overlying lemon pith and orange blossom aromas. A faint whiff of acetone. The wine is intense and fresh and lemon-citrus fresh in the mouth, the dry finish soft and backed by a little tannin grip. Oak is invisible and the greener herbal elements are very minor. There's a trace of passionfruit and good length. The wine is very youthful and promises to reward further ageing.
Expert Review
Expert Review
94 Points
Sarah Ahmed - Decanter
More in common with oak-aged Sancerre than classic New World Sauvignon, this builds from the mid-palate with its texture and insinuating depth, as opposed to dazzling, upfront aromatics. Seamless layers of white peach, ripe grapefruit, perfumed green apple, dried herbs, pastis, marrowfat peas and earth unfold on the long, lingering palate, with savoury lees and supple lime acidity. Fermented and lees-aged in old French oak demi-muids.
Expert Review
Expert Review
92 Points
Campbell Mattinson - The Wine Front
It’s from a close-planted vineyard at Wrattonbully and it goes into 600 litre oak, 25% new. Not sure if the price is correct but it’s how the sample bottled with labelled.Crystallised fruits. Good to very good intensity. A subtle smokiness. A lingering finish. And texture, nicely played texture. Everything in good order here.
Expert Review
Expert Review
92 Points
Joe Czerwinski - Robert Parker
There are just 400 cases of the 2019 Crayeres Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc, which was fermented and aged eight months in older demi-muids. With the oak and lees contact adding a rich, creamy, textural element to the medium-bodied palate, the ripe pear and fig notes take on a sense of richness, balanced by herbal overtones and a long, citrusy finish.
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