Successor to the Wrattonbully Red, the Terre a Terre Crayeres Vineyard Cabernet Franc Shiraz 2018. Buy online from Bottle & Glass Wine Merchants.
Terre a Terre Crayeres Vineyard Cabernet Franc Shiraz 2018 Tasting Notes
“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.” 95 points, Sarah Ahmed, Decanter, 22 December 2020.
“The Terre a Terre Crayeres Vineyard Cabernet Franc Shiraz 2018 is 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.” 93 points Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front.
The fruit was transported 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 20% were new, for 9 months. Following this, the cabernet franc spent another nine months in an old 4,000L French oak foudre, while the shiraz stayed in barrels. So that’s a total of about 18 months in top quality oak. The wine was bottled without filtration in June 2020. It’s 14.5% 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.
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