Terre À Terre Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 (Wrattonbully, South Australia) "...cassis, spice, liquorice..."
The Crayères vineyard is located next to Tapanappa’s Whalebone Vineyard, at the top of a north-south limestone ridge in Wrattonbully, one of Australia’s most exciting regions. The Terra Rossa top-soil is characteristic of the area. This part of the vineyard was planted on rootstocks in 2008, using cuttings from the neighbouring Whalebone Vineyard and French clones, and at a relatively high density for the area (4,444 vines per hectare, similar to the density of vineyards in Saint Emilion). The fruiting wire is only 50cm above ground, which is why the local vignerons call the vines the “low vines".
"Produced from the close planted Crayères vineyard the wine is a blend of 86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Cabernet Franc and 5% Shiraz. It was aged for 10 months in 48% new oak as individual parcels, before being blended and aged in large oak for a further 18 months. Less than 6000 bottles produced. This is a breathtaking wine, it is floral and pretty on the nose taking on the large portion of new oak yet retains its varietal appeal with generosity of blackberry fruit and a suggestion of liquorice and graphite. The palate is all about balance, this is the complete package with a flowing background of fruit and oak tannin that enjoys a plushness of dark berry fruits yet has bright acidity and layers of spice. To finish there is unsweetened liquorice strap to driving blackberry. A wine that will live and evolve for decades." - 97 Points, Patrick Eckel
"86% cabernet sauvignon, 9% cabernet franc, 5% shiraz matured for 18 months in French oak, 48% new. The oak regime was similar as per the shiraz but cabernet has stared it down. Here's a wine you can invest in with confidence. Deep-set blackcurrant, fresh boysenberry, tobacco, gum leaves and smoky/cedary oak. It's ripped with tannin, flush with fruit, and immaculate from all angles." - 95 Points, James Halliday