Terre a Terre Crayeres Vineyard Cabernet Franc 2020 - Wrattonbully
Closure: Screw cap
Bottle size: 750ml
2020 was a relatively cool vintage in Wrattonbully. It was also relatively dry, with 76% of average rainfall over the growing season. Good rainfall in late November interfered with flowering and fruit set of all the varieties, leading to very low yields. Temperatures post véraison (February and March) were lower than average, and these mild summer weather conditions were perfect for ripening our Cabernet Franc.
This is so good on the nose with lifted dark summer berries, withered rose petal and fresh cedar oak alongside a lick of savoury dried herbs and earthen spice oak touches. The palate is medium weight showing similar flavours, with lovely mouthfeel and vibrancy, shaped by filigree fine tannins that keep it all structured and serious. CR
As a lover of Bordeaux, this wine hits all the right notes. It's a screaming bargain and a wine that can be cellared with confidence for up to a decade. Delicious. Scott
“Crimson red. Gravel, redcurrant, black cherry, roasted chestnut aromas. Elemental red cherry, dried herbs, walnut flavours, excellent mid-palate density and fine yet firm tannins. Gravelly tannins to finish with hints of aniseed. Will cellar very well.”
Andrew Caillard MW
“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.
"Wrattonbully Cabernet Franc done well. Very, very well. With a beautiful perfume, I'm hooked from the outset. Given the asking price, this is an excellent buy.
Purple flowers, dried petals and a boysenberry swirl ensure my full attention is focused. Loaded with blackberries, a sheet of fine powdery tannins is sprayed through the mouth leaving a dusty chew to muse over. With a cheeky 8% Shiraz making a contribution, dried herbs take charge with Dutch chocolate before the blackberries swing back around to cut in on close. That puckering tannin is moreish deluxe so I'm happy to go back again and again. Superfine spices add some classy window dressing late but they are good enough to not steal the limelight. A super wine that will also reward the patient.
Drink to ten years+
This vineyard has been baptised the Crayères Vineyard, after the chalk cellars that are found throughout Xavier’s region of birth in Champagne, France. Similar natural structures are found underneath this very special vineyard, and they are now the subject of a research project led by a team from the University of Adelaide as they are full of undisturbed ancient fossilised remains.
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”.
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