Terre à Terre Crayères Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Shiraz 2018
“French pedigreed winemaker Xavier Bizot, now SA-based, makes his Australian statement. Cabernet sauvignon takes the lead here at 62% share with Shiraz 37% and Cabernet franc just 1%. Ripe black currant flavours in abundance, with a clever mix of barrel maturation, delivering an elegance to the overall glorious black fruit profile, the Shiraz adding mid-palate plumpness. Classic cab-shiraz tannins are neatly balanced, providing a fulfilling conclusion.”
“(…) From a very different perspective, Frenchman and adopted South Australian Xavier Bizot has come to the realisation that the Cabernet-Shiraz blend is not only emblematic of the Australian wine culture, but free of the constraints of French appellation rules can bring together the best of varieties and regions to deliver world-class wines.
He has devoted his whole red wine ethos in the Terre a Terre brand from his family Crayeres vineyard in SA south-east region Wrattonbully to the blend, making three variations that all celebrate the style.
“The Cabernet-Shiraz blend has always pleased, for logical reasons,” he says. “Cabernet Sauvignon provides tannins, aromatics and length to a wine, all enhanced with a sweet core of Shiraz fruit which fills out the middle palate.
“The blend elevates the separate elements to something higher.”
He believes it is one of the key styles that he can take to the rest of the world and make a statement about our place on the global wine map.
“It’s a beautiful harmony, a beautiful blend, that is now proprietary to Australia,” he says.
“I would go further – it’s something distinctively from South Australia.”