We did a tasting of Top shelf Australian Cabernet, including our 2013, in October 2015 and we did it again, with the same wines, in October 2017. Here is what happened: https://www.ozwinereview.com/2017/11/super-premium-cabernets-look-two-years-later.html
Our Terre à Terre Cabernet Sauvignon, from 9-year-old vines at the time, was looking very much in its own environment.
It was great tasting with great results, including this one for the Terre à Terre Cabernet 2013
Terre à Terre Cabernet Sauvignon 2013
95% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Cabernet Franc. From close planted vineyard at Joanna, Wrattonbully, planted in 2004 on terra rossa. hand picked 8t/ha. 25 days on skins, pressed into single 4,000L foudre, after 12 months racked into a 5 year old foudre. 14.3% alc., pH 3.53, TA 5.1g/L. RRP $40.
Dark ruby. Lovely cranberry fruit on the nose here – really clean and pure. I love the lucidity of that red fruit. The palate builds and builds with concentrated red fruit, a little anise and finishing with quite fine, lingering tannins. The alcohol is a little intrusive, but the grace of the package is top shelf. Builds and builds. It’s even quite mid weight. Needs years to show its best and that Bordeaux tannin profile is very good. 18.1/20, 93/100+
11/17: Bright raspberry and cranberry fruit. The oak seems to be more prominent now. It’s almost cherry essence fruit, then a lean patch and then the drying, faintly stewed edge on the finish. Still unfurling, I do find this just a little more rounder through the middle now, but the tannins are looking no less sculptured. The fine tannins do build this up. 18/20, 93/100.