Terre a Terre Crayeres Vineyard Wrattonbully Cabernet Franc 2014


This is a serious Cab Franc.

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Yet testament to the benefits of having limestone in your vineyard. This wine embraces the clean, bright and crisp perfume of Cab Franc with the dense and earthy nature of the red soils over the top. I’m smitten with this wine as it is the perfect blend of French sensibility in Australian conditions. Drink from 2017. Match it with some manchego.

Terre a Terre  is French for ‘Down To Earth”, the wines are from a 8 hectare vineyard in Wrattonbully (near Coonawarra). Made with French sensibilities by Xavier Bizot and Lucy Croser, I am a huge fan of the textural and restrained nature of these wines that could easily be monstrous.

Wrattonbully – One of the most charming of the ‘boofy’ wine regions of South Australia. A lot of Wrattonbully used to be in Coonawarra until the boundary was redrawn so there is a lot of quality to be found here. The Cabernet is muscular and flavoursome, the Sauvignon Blanc is crisp and overtly fruity. The wines tend to offer great value too.

Cabernet Franc – Is actually one of the parents of Cabernet Sauvignon… along with Sauvignon Blanc (oh! The name makes sense now!).  It is most famous for being the third most important grape in quality Bordeaux but also excels in the Loire Valley (where it lived before it went to Bordeaux), especially Chinon and Saumur. The wines are bright red in colour, highlight aromatic with raspberries, rose petals, violets along with tobacco, cassis and some herbal elements. The best examples can live as long as any great wine.


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