Successor to the Wrattonbully Red, the Terre a Terre Crayeres Vineyard Cabernet Franc 2020 is a blend of 92% cabernet franc and 8% shiraz.
The fruit was transported from Wrattonbully to the Tiers winery in the Piccadilly Valley in the Adelaide Hills, where the cab franc and shiraz were fermented in open top fermenters, before being aged in French barriques (225L) of which around 30% were new, for 12 months. The wine was bottled without filtration in June 2020. It’s 13.8% alcohol and sealed with a screwcap.
I can’t stress enough how very few, if any, reds at this price point see such an expensive oak regime. I also love that this wine is a blend (cab franc and shiraz) that you’ll only see in Australia, a combination that produces great aromatics, length and power, yet remains elegant. This is an absolute bargain.
“92% cabernet franc, 8% shiraz. The Terre à Terre wines are never short of structure and this is another case in point. It’s quite perfectly formed, with graphite, chocolate, boysenberry and fresh blackcurrant flavours purring through the palate, aromatic herb notes then adding to the highlights. Fruit, oak, acid and tannin are all in harmony, and while tannin test the finish there’s still good flow there. I say this every year, it seems, but the value is quite exceptional here. This is a medium-bodied red, with fruit, with tannin, with insistence."
94 points, Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front.
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