Bright, of the earth and spicy. Mid-weight, nice background of tannins and some beautiful perfume. The wine is not overly complex but it is extremely lovely drinking. Enjoy over the next 3-5 years and I’d serve it with a goat braise.
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.
Shiraz/Syrah – A bit of a chameleon, Shiraz can change how it looks depending on terroir and/or wine maker influence. The Syrah based wines of Northern Rhone are dry and austere while the Shiraz of Barossa is rich and fleshy. A variety that lends itself to long aging but can be drunk at any time of its evolution.
Cabernet Sauvignon – The noble variety of Bordeaux’s left bank. Firm tannins, a streak of acidity and punctuated by flavours of cassis, violets, spice and leather. The best examples can age for the long term. Although Cabernet does often require blending with Merlot, Cabernet Franc or Shiraz to fix the hole it has in its middle palate.