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Campbell Mattinson: “Pretty impression”

  • Posted by Terre à Terre Wines
  • On June 13, 2017
Author: Campbell Mattinson Source: winefront.com.au Review Date: Monday, June 12 2017 Terre a Terre Summertown Vineyard Reserve 2016 From the Summertown Vineyard, planted in 1987. 20% whole bunches, 50% new oak. Historically this vineyard of course has produced pinot noir for sparkling, but a portion of the vineyard is now managed for table pinot noir. Successfully too, by the taste of […]
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Campbell Mattinson: “exemplary Cabernet”

  • Posted by Terre à Terre Wines
  • On June 13, 2017
Author: Campbell Mattinson Source: winefront.com.au Review Date: Monday, June 12 2017 Terre a Terre Crayères Vineyard Reserve 2014 It’s an exemplary cabernet. Firm, well built, plenty of muscle and flesh, and just a bit of aristocratic swagger. A real red wine in a stately, sophisticated manner. It tastes of boysenberry and blackcurrant, mint jelly, pencils, gumnuts and dark chocolate. Both […]
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Toni Paterson: “just fabulous”

  • Posted by Terre à Terre Wines
  • On May 28, 2017
Author: Toni Paterson Source: TheRealReview.com Review Date: 26 November 2016 Terre à Terre Crayères Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc 2015 Such an expressive and delicious wine. Made from close-planted sauvignon blanc vines from the Crayères Vineyard, the wine has incredibly focused fruit flavours driven by exceptional acidity. Snappy lemon, pineapple and passionfruit flavours infuse to give an overall ‘bright fruitiness’ that is neither […]
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Gourmet Traveller Wine top 100: “A distinctive style”

  • Posted by Terre à Terre Wines
  • On February 10, 2017
Source: Gourmet Traveller Wine – Review Date: January 2017 100 Top new release wines Daosa Piccadilly Valley Blanc de Blancs 2011 The dominant features of this wine are coconuty aldehyde and oak nuances from 100 per cent barrel fermentation and spicy notes. The acidity is lively and assertive, while the flavour is piercingly intense, concentrated and very […]
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Peter Bourne: “exuberant Chardonnay fruit”

  • Posted by Terre à Terre Wines
  • On February 10, 2017
Author: Peter Bourne Source: Qantas The Australian Way Review Date: December 2016 Pop the cork on a vibrant blanc de blancs for the finest bubbles this side of New Year. Daosa Piccadilly Valley Blanc de Blancs 2011 The Daosa vineyard dates back 20 years and is owned by the Bizot family of Bollinger fame. Fermentation in older oak […]
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Mike Bennie: “Seriously good wine this”

  • Posted by Terre à Terre Wines
  • On February 10, 2017
Author: Mike Bennie Source: Wine Business Monthly Review Date: January February 2017 TOP 100 WINES OF 2016 Terre à Terre Crayères Vineyard Cabernet Franc 2014 Seriously good wine, this – DNA of great cabernet franc wines with briar, saltbush, dark berries, pepper and clove spice, whiffs of seaspray in the bouquet. The palate is succulent, long, medium weight. There’s […]
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Mike Bennie: “beautiful wine this”

  • Posted by Terre à Terre Wines
  • On February 10, 2017
Author: Mike Bennie Source: Wine Business Monthly Review Date: January February 2017 Terre à Terre Crayères Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc 2015 Beautiful wine this, offering drinkers the chance to see sauvignon blanc of delicacy, purity and restraint, yet it has all the hallmarks of freshness and vitality expected from the variety. It’s imbued with fresh stonefruit, green herb, ginger spice […]
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Shiraz 2014 in Gourmet Traveller’s Top 100

  • Posted by Terre à Terre Wines
  • On October 20, 2016
Author: Huon Hooke Source: Gourmet Traveller Wine – TOP 100 new releases Review Date: November 1, 2016 Terre à Terre Crayères Vineyard Shiraz 2014 This superb wine is soft, rounded and supple with masses of meaty, spicy, berry and smoky/toasty shiraz and oak aromas. The tannins are smooth and measured, the texture velvety. An easy wine to drink young, but it will also age well. Rated: 94 […]
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Peter Chapman:”nice fresh white ideal for seafood”

  • Posted by Terre à Terre Wines
  • On October 20, 2016
Author: Peter Chapman Source: Queensland Times (and other syndicated media) Review Date: October 19, 2016 Terre à Terre Crayères Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc 2015 SOUTH Australian sav blanc from one of our top winemakers. Citrus fruits with pear shining through, old oak rounds out a nice fresh white ideal for seafood. Food: Seafood Rated: 94/100 RRP: $32
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Peter Chapman: “add this great wine to the cellar”

  • Posted by Terre à Terre Wines
  • On October 20, 2016
Author: Peter Chapman Source: Queensland Times (and other syndicated media) Review Date: October 10, 2016 Terre a Terre Crayères Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 LOOK forward to Xavier Bizot’s release of this wine each year. Once again a nicely crafted red that you’ll enjoy to the final glass. Chase down and add this great wine to the cellar. Food: Beef ribs Rated: 95/100 RRP: $55
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Patrick Eckel: “This will live for a long time.”

  • Posted by Terre à Terre Wines
  • On October 20, 2016
Author: Patrick Eckel Source: winereviewer.com.au Date: 13 October 2016 Terre à Terre Crayères Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 A blend of 95% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Cabernet Franc, the wine was aged for 12 months in a one year old oak Foudre prior to racking and a further 6 months of ageing. The wine was lightly fined and bottled without filtration. […]
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Patrick Eckel: “A wine of elegance and finesse”

  • Posted by Terre à Terre Wines
  • On October 20, 2016
Author: Patrick Eckel Source: winereviewer.com.au Date: 1 October 2016 Terre à Terre Crayères Vineyard Shiraz 2014 A pretty light red with crimson hues in the glass, a nose of red pastilles, lifted plum and blackberry that benefits from white pepper and cedar french oak. A medium bodied wine that shows background notes of earth with supple tannin and tight grained […]
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Tony Love: “bloody tasty”

  • Posted by Terre à Terre Wines
  • On September 26, 2016
Region: Wrattonbully Value: Boutique Best with: Smoked chicken, peas, creamy pasta One of two sibling sauvignons from winemaker Xavier Bizot, inspired by the way riesling and gewurztraminer is made in Alsace, fermented slowly in very large French oak vats known as foudre. This version has an extra little twist: it’s got a tiny (and I mean tiny) amount of residual sweetness […]
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Patrick Eckel: “this is a standout Sauvignon Blanc”

  • Posted by Terre à Terre Wines
  • On September 26, 2016
Author: Patrick Eckel Source: winereviewer.com.au Date: 25 September 2016 Terre à Terre Crayères Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc 2015 The wine is sourced from Terre a Terre close planted vineyard in Wrattonbully, the wine had a long cold soak prior to being fermented in 600l demi-muids with 20% new oak and the wine spending 9 months on lees. The resultant wine has […]
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Patrick Eckel: “A bright reflective red”

  • Posted by Terre à Terre Wines
  • On September 26, 2016
Author: Patrick Eckel Source: winereviewer.com.au Date: 25 September 2016 Terre à Terre Rouge 2014 A french twist on the quintessential blend of Cabernet Shiraz with the wine consisting of (60% Cabernet Franc, 28% Shiraz and 12% Cabernet Sauvignon). A bright reflective red in the glass the nose gives blackberry leaf, touches of tobacco and integrated oak spice. The wine has […]
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Patrick Eckel: “Anything but a simple Sauvignon Blanc”

  • Posted by Terre à Terre Wines
  • On September 26, 2016
Author: Patrick Eckel Source: winereviewer.com.au Date: 18 September 2016 Down to Earth Sauvignon Blanc 2015 The wine is sourced from Terre à Terre’s Estate Vineyard in Wrattonbully but sees new world wine making techniques that differentiate it from the Terre a Terre Sauvignon Blanc. The wine was fermented in stainless steel after which 28% was racked to 2000 ltr […]
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Huon Hooke: “concentrated, intense, very long”

  • Posted by Terre à Terre Wines
  • On September 26, 2016
Author: Huon Hooke Source: huonhooke.com Date: 4 August 2016 Daosa Piccadilly Valley Blanc de Blancs 2011 Coconutty oak and aldehydes dominate the bouquet. Spice and lees. It’s rich in the mouth as well as acid-lively, concentrated, intense, very long. (100% made in old barriques; 43 months on lees). Full article: http://www.therealreview.com/2016/09/20/adelaide-hills-sparkles/ Note: 95 – 5 stars Drink: 2016 to 2021
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Stuart Robinson: “the terroir is showing”

  • Posted by Terre à Terre Wines
  • On August 31, 2016
Author: Stuart Robinson Source: vinsomniac.com.au Review Date: Wednesday August 31, 2016 Terre à Terre Crayères Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 Primarily Cabernet Sauvignon (95% ) with a (no required to declare portion) of Cabernet Franc. And oh what classy Cabernet it is. Oak is on hand here: wafery, cedar, pine forest, resinous; savoury perfume. Fine, medium bodied wine, ultra fine tannin and freshening acidity. Plenty […]
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Jancis Robinson: “Very cleverly blended!”

  • Posted by Terre à Terre Wines
  • On August 21, 2016
Author: Jancis Robinson Source: JancisRobinson.com Review Date: Friday August 19, 2016 Terre à Terre Rouge 2014 60% Cabernet Franc, 28% Shiraz, 12% Cabernet Sauvignon from the Crayères vineyard. I wonder therefore why they put only South Australia (rather than Wrattonbully) on the front label. The Cabernet Franc was aged initially in a new 4,300l foudre and after 12 months […]
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Jancis Robinson: “Very long… intense violet fruit”

  • Posted by Terre à Terre Wines
  • On August 21, 2016
Author: Jancis Robinson Source: JancisRobinson.com Review Date: Friday August 19, 2016 Terre à Terre Crayères Vineyard Shiraz 2014 From vines planted in 2008. Fermented and macerated for 24 days in one-tonne fermenters and then aged in for 12 months in French barriques (70% new from Vallaurine in the Rhône) before being racked into a five year-old 4,000l foudre for […]
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Jancis Robinson: “it is very pretty and satisfying”

  • Posted by Terre à Terre Wines
  • On August 21, 2016
Author: Jancis Robinson Source: JancisRobinson.com Review Date: Friday August 19, 2016 Terre à Terre Crayères Vineyard Cabernet Franc 2014 First release of this wine from vines planted in 2008. Hand picked on 8 April and fermented at Tiers winery in Adelaide Hills for 24 days before being put into barriques (30% new) for 18 months’ maturation. Very round and […]
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Jancis Robinson: “Distinctive character… particularly long”

  • Posted by Terre à Terre Wines
  • On August 21, 2016
Author: Jancis Robinson Source: JancisRobinson.com Review Date: Friday August 19, 2016 Down to Earth Sauvignon Blanc 2015 From a particularly close-planted vineyard next to the Whalebone Vineyard planted in 2004 and 2013. Almost 30% of the blend was picked a bit later and fermented very slowly in large foudres. Racy, sappy nose with distinctive character – by which […]
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Jancis Robinson: “refreshing green leafy acidity”

  • Posted by Terre à Terre Wines
  • On August 21, 2016
Author: Jancis Robinson Source: JancisRobinson.com Review Date: Friday August 19, 2016 Terre à Terre Crayères Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc 2015 Whole bunch pressed then settled for 15 days before being fermented for 10 days in demi-muids, 20% of them new. Aged on lees for eight months it occasional stirring. Malolactic conversion was deliberately suppressed. The oak is currently just […]
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Jancis Robinson: “beautifully textured and balanced”

  • Posted by Terre à Terre Wines
  • On August 21, 2016
Author: Jancis Robinson Source: JancisRobinson.com Review Date: Thursday August 18, 2016 Terre à Terre Crayères Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 Xavier Bizot’s Australian label. 95% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Cabernet Franc on terra rossa over limestone. 21-day fermentation then a year in one-year-old foudres and a further six months in another one. Just 900 six-bottle cases filled. Lightly minty but […]
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Mike Bennie: “fine trim of chalky tannins”

  • Posted by Terre à Terre Wines
  • On August 15, 2016
Author: Mime Bennie Source: Wine Business Monthly Review Date: July August 2016 Terre à Terre Crayères Vineyard Shiraz 2014 A concentrated, quietly powerful red wine that shows good inward concentration of red berry, black berry, herbs and spice character while offering a fine trim of chalky tannins. Has a rustic, earth and brick dust character that charms, too. Very good. […]
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Mike Bennie: “Seriously good wine this”

  • Posted by Terre à Terre Wines
  • On August 15, 2016
Author: Mime Bennie Source: Wine Business Monthly Review Date: July August 2016 Terre à Terre Crayères Vineyard Cabernet Franc 2014 Seriously good wine this – DNA of great Cabernet Franc wines with briar, salt bush, dark berries, pepper and clove spice, whiffs of seaspray in the bouquet. The palate is succulent, long and medium weight. There’s a sheath of […]
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James Halliday: “This is a classy wine, period, full stop”

  • Posted by Terre à Terre Wines
  • On August 12, 2016
Author: James Halliday/Campbell Mattinson Source: Halliday Wine Companion 2017 Review Date: Thursday August 4, 2016 Terre à Terre Crayères Vineyard Shiraz 2014 Hand-picked, crushed, destemmed, 24 days fermentation and maceration, matured in French barriques (70% new) for 12 months, then transferred to a 5yo 4000l French foudre for a further 6 months, 9% ?14 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon from the Crayeres […]
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Wine Companion: “vibrant red and black fruits”

  • Posted by Terre à Terre Wines
  • On August 12, 2016
Author: James Halliday/Campbell Mattinson Source: Halliday Wine Companion 2017 Review Date: Thursday August 4, 2016 Terre à Terre Rouge 2014 60% cabernet sauvignon, 28% shiraz, 12% cabernet franc, hand-picked, crushed, destemmed, open and static fermenters, the cabernet and shiraz matured in used French barriques, the cabernet franc in a new French 4000l foudre for 12 months. Is at once supple, […]
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James Halliday: “mouthwatering flavours”

  • Posted by Terre à Terre Wines
  • On August 12, 2016
Author: James Halliday Source: Halliday Wine Companion 2017 Review Date: Thursday August 4, 2016 Terre à Terre Crayères Vineyard Cabernet Franc 2014 Hand-picked, crushed, destemmed, 1-tonne fermenters 24 days, matured in French barriques (30% new) for 18 months, 240 dozen made. A great example of a light to medium-bodied wine that has complexity coming out of its ears, the scene set […]
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James Halliday: “in the mould of prior vintages”

  • Posted by Terre à Terre Wines
  • On August 12, 2016
Author: James Halliday Source: Halliday Wine Companion 2017 Review Date: Thursday August 4, 2016 Terre à Terre Crayères Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc 2015 Hand-picked, whole bunch-pressed, chilled overnight, fermented in demi-muids (20% new), matured on lees for 8 months. A bold decision to let the grapes ripen to the degree they have, but it’s paid dividends, the exotic array of guava, passionfruit […]
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James Halliday: “A thoroughly elegant and poised cabernet”

  • Posted by Terre à Terre Wines
  • On August 12, 2016
Author: James Halliday Source: Halliday Wine Companion 2017 Review Date: Thursday August 4, 2016 Terre à Terre Single Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 Matured in a new 4000l French foudre for 12 months, then to a used 4000l foudre for a final 10 months, 5% cabernet franc added. A thoroughly elegant and poised cabernet, opening with cassis/blackcurrant, then a matrix of […]
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James Halliday: “elegance is its watchword”

  • Posted by Terre à Terre Wines
  • On August 12, 2016
Author: James Halliday Source: Halliday Wine Companion 2017 Review Date: Thursday August 4, 2016 Terre à Terre Crayères Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 Hand-picked, crushed, destemmed, 21 days fermentation and maceration on skins in 1-tonne fermenters, plunged twice daily, matured in 4000l French foudres for 18 months, 5% cabernet franc from the Crayeres Vineyard added. Good colour, bouquet and palate; […]
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Gary Walsh: “redcurrant, raspberry, tobacco perfume”

  • Posted by Terre à Terre Wines
  • On August 12, 2016
Author: Gary Walsh Source: winefront.com.au Review Date: Thursday, July 19 2016 Terre a Terre Crayères Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 It’s now (and perhaps it was last vintage) sub-titled with ‘Crayères Vineyard’. The last few vintages of this wine have been really impressive. Firmly medium bodied, almost light and fresh, with redcurrant, raspberry and blackcurrant, a smattering of gum leaf […]
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Wine Companion: “Before you know it, you’re dancing”

  • Posted by Terre à Terre Wines
  • On August 12, 2016
Author: Campbell Mattinson Source: Halliday Wine Companion 2017 Review Date: Thursday August 4, 2016 Down to Earth Sauvignon Blanc 2015 Before you know it, you’re dancing. This is a fruity white wine, done with style. Flint, tropical fruit, slate, subtle grass. It races through the mouth but there’s a bit of grip, a bit of mouthfeel. Flavoursome without being […]
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Mike Bennie: “utterly charming wine”

  • Posted by Terre à Terre Wines
  • On August 12, 2016
Wine: Terre à Terre Crayères Vineyard Cabernet Franc 2014 Author: Mike Bennie Source: Australian Gourmet Traveller Wine – Wines to cellar Review Date: Thursday September 1, 2016 It’s a highly aromatic, utterly charming wine of windswept perfume and medium weight. It shows fragrances of wild berries, herb, wet earth and briar, while the palate offers blue fruits, a lick of […]
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Peter Chapman: “It’s another winner”

  • Posted by Terre à Terre Wines
  • On August 12, 2016
Author: Peter Chapman Source: Queensland Times (and other syndicated media) Review Date: July 29, 2016 Terre a Terre Crayères Vineyard Shiraz 2015 After praising so many of Xavier Bizot’s wines I started to wonder if I just had to see his name on the bottle to be influenced. So before posting I looked up other wine lover’s comments. Pleased […]
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Gary Walsh: “one of Australia’s benchmark Sauvignons”

  • Posted by Terre à Terre Wines
  • On August 12, 2016
Author: Gary Walsh Source: winefront.com.au Review Date: Thursday, August 11 2016 Terre a Terre Crayères Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc 2015 Probably safe to suggest that this is becoming (or is) one of Australia’s benchmark Sauvignons. It’s ripe and full, yet maintains its poise and shape throughout. Guava, just-ripe pineapple, vanilla and spice, subtle grassiness well in the background. It fills […]
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Wine Genius: “Delicious”

  • Posted by Terre à Terre Wines
  • On August 12, 2016
Source: WineGenius.com Review Date: August 3, 2016 Terre à Terre Crayères Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc 2015 Bright mid straw. Complex aromas of passionfruit and dried herbs are supported by well integrated lees and high quality French oak characters. Dry, bright and fresh with excellent fruit drive in an elegant, complex long package. Delicious. Rated : 93 Points Drink : 2016-2022
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Huon Hooke: “long and crisp”

  • Posted by Terre à Terre Wines
  • On July 14, 2016
Author: Huon Hooke Source: huonhooke.com Date: 22 June 2016 Terre à Terre Crayères Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc 2015 Bright, light yellow hue, with some discreet herbal fruit and nutty aromas from oak, very savoury and not obviously varietal. It’s about more than sauvignon blanc varietal fruit – although it is apparent on the palate where there is a bright note […]
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Huon Hooke: “A clean, bright, typical Cabernet Franc”

  • Posted by Terre à Terre Wines
  • On July 14, 2016
Author: Huon Hooke Source: huonhooke.com Date: 22 June 2016 Terre à Terre Crayères Vineyard Cabernet Franc 2014 Deep red colour with a purple tint. The bouquet is fragrant and aromatic, with raspberry and violet nuances as well as some herbal notes. The palate is medium-bodied and quite firm, with again lots of herbal, violet and raspberry fruit flavours, finishing […]
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Huon Hooke: “an attractive wine”

  • Posted by Terre à Terre Wines
  • On July 14, 2016
Author: Huon Hooke Source: huonhooke.com Date: 22 June 2016 Terre à Terre Crayères Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 Deepish red colour with a tinge of purple. The bouquet is showing some eucalyptus undergrowth as well as violets, blackberry and raspberry, while the palate is medium-bodied and pleasantly flavoured, if a trifle disjointed at this stage and slightly sappy in its […]
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Huon Hooke: “A really lovely drink”

  • Posted by Terre à Terre Wines
  • On July 14, 2016
Author: Huon Hooke Source: huonhooke.com Date: 22 June 2016 Terre à Terre Blanc 2015 Bright, light yellow colour, with a very attractive creamy, cashew-nutty, floral, spicy bouquet with a trace of honey. In the mouth, it’s soft and seamless, beautifully balanced and discreet, with a touch of sweetness which enhances the texture and richness. Satisfying length. A very attractive, […]
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Huon Hooke: “Lovely”

  • Posted by Terre à Terre Wines
  • On July 14, 2016
Author: Huon Hooke Source: huonhooke.com Date: 22 June 2016 Terre à Terre Crayères Vineyard Shiraz 2014 Deep red/purple colour and a rich, meaty, spicy shiraz bouquet complemented by smoky, toasty oak. A delicious wine: soft and fruity, rounded and supple, with nicely measured tannins and abundant spicy, smoky berry flavours. Lovely. Note: 94 Drink: 2016 to […]
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Wine genius: “attractive cool climate Shiraz aromatics”

  • Posted by Terre à Terre Wines
  • On July 8, 2016
Source: WineGenius.com Review Date: June 27, 2016 Terre à Terre Crayères Vineyard Shiraz 2014 Mid to deep ruby. Attractive cool climate Shiraz aromatics of white pepper, clove and iron underpinned by high quality French oak. Dry, full bodied and quite fleshy in style with some jubey, tarry fruits and a long rounded finish underpinned by supple tannins. Rated : […]
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Wine Genius: “elegance and finesse”

  • Posted by Terre à Terre Wines
  • On July 8, 2016
Source: WineGenius.com Review Date: June 27, 2016 Terre à Terre Crayères Vineyard Cabernet Franc 2014 Bright mid to deep ruby. Aromatically savoury and alluring – with powerful cedar, cassis, violet and earth underpinned by reserved toasty oak. Dry, mid weight with firm yet integrated tannins – a real Claret style showing elegance and finesse but drives through to a long and fine […]
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Peter Chapman: “moorish spices”

  • Posted by Terre à Terre Wines
  • On July 8, 2016
Wine: Terre à Terre Crayères Vineyard Cabernet Franc 2014 Author: Peter Chapman Source: Queensland Times (and other syndicated media) Review Date: June/July 2016 ENJOYED this latest release from one of my favourite winemakers, Xavier Bizot. Nice rounded dark fruits with moorish spices make for a wine suited to everyday drinking. Food: Beef and bacon pie Rated: 94/100 RRP: $39
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Stuart Robinson: “Superb”

  • Posted by Terre à Terre Wines
  • On July 8, 2016
Source: vinsomniac.com.au Source: Stuart Robinson Review Date: June 28, 2016 Terre à Terre Crayères Vineyard Shiraz 2014 Elegant aromatics, soft red berry fruit; spice and seasoning – plenty of cracked pepper, a little clove. Elegant – again that word, recurring throughout – soft, savoury spice and pepper; it’s hard to get a handle on: there’s a little fruit, but […]
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Stuart Robinson: “gee that’s a cracker, pour me another”

  • Posted by Terre à Terre Wines
  • On June 6, 2016
Source: vinsomniac.com.au Source: Stuart Robinson Review Date: May 8, 2016 Terre à Terre Crayères Vineyard Cabernet Franc 2014 New release from the Terre à Terre crew, a varietal Cab Franc that is the result of 26 day ferment in open top fermenter. Spends 18m in French oak (30% new) and about ten minutes in your glass before proclaim: […]
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Erin Larkin: “complex and balanced”

  • Posted by Terre à Terre Wines
  • On June 6, 2016
Source: Subiaco Post Author: Erin Larkin – Life by the drop Review Date: June 4, 2016 Terre à Terre Blanc 2015 From Xavier Bizot and Lucy Croser of the Bollinger and Croser families, Terre a Terre produces wines of great complexity and elegance, more akin to France than Australia. It’s exciting to see an Australian winery pushing flavour boundaries. […]
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Ben Thomas: “bright and fresh, complex and intense”

  • Posted by Terre à Terre Wines
  • On June 6, 2016
Source: The Weekly Review – City Author: Ben Thomas – The Vine Review Date: May 12, 2016 Terre à Terre Single Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc 2014 The grapes were grown on close-planted sauvignon blanc vines before being fermented in 600-litre barrels. Subtle and elegant, with herbal and tropical notes, it’s bright and fresh, complex and intense. Driving lemon and grapefruit, […]
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Toni Paterson: “an alluring French sensibility”

  • Posted by Terre à Terre Wines
  • On June 6, 2016
Source: Australian House and Garden Author: Toni Paterson Review Date: June 2016 Terre à Terre Rouge 2014 A savoury, textured and elegant wine underpinned by pure cherry flavours. Beautiful now, though will benefit from careful cellaring. “FROM THE ART Practising their craft with great skill and care, this group of talented winemakers are producing wines of exceptional quality, writes Toni […]
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Lester Jesberg: “finely structured”

  • Posted by Terre à Terre Wines
  • On June 6, 2016
Source: Winewise.net.au Source: Lester Jesberg Review Date: May 6, 2016 Terre à Terre Crayères Vineyard Cabernet Franc 2014 I have no doubt that many wine drinkers frown down on cabernet franc. I must admit that I did once – until I tasted from a barrel of 1990 cabernet franc at Cheval Blanc 25 years ago. This wine is […]
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Wine Genius: “great concentration”

  • Posted by Terre à Terre Wines
  • On May 29, 2016
Source: WineGenius.com Review Date: March 31, 2016 Terre à Terre Blanc 2015 Tropical scented peachy and passionfruit with a savoury oak ferment edge. Dry, mid weight, concentration of sweet mango fruits balanced with good acid and a touch of spicy oak. Great concentration, power and length in an early drinking style. Rated : 92 Points Drink : 2016-2021
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Wine Genius: “promising first release”

  • Posted by Terre à Terre Wines
  • On May 29, 2016
Source: WineGenius.com Review Date: March 31, 2016 Terre à Terre Rouge 2014 Mid to deep ruby colour. Elegant aromatics of blackcurrant, cedar and red cherry are supported by high quality oak. Mid weight, it shows bright fruit of good intensity and with well integrated moderate tannins. The finish is fine and long topping off an understated style that […]
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Huon Hooke: “finely crafted”

  • Posted by Terre à Terre Wines
  • On May 15, 2016
Author: Huon Hooke Source: huon.hooke.com Review Date: 20/04/2016 Terre à Terre Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 Deep red/purple hue; toasty barrels and cedary cabernet fruit combine on the bouquet. A trace of raspberry. The palate is taut and intense, finely crafted and tightly structured, with line and length. The grip is firm and the wine will benefit from cellaring. It […]
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Rouge 2014 in James Halliday’s Top Cellaring Selection: “A complete wine.”

  • Posted by Terre à Terre Wines
  • On May 10, 2016
Author: Campbell Mattinson Source: James Halliday’s Wine Companion Review Date: Wednesday, June 1, 2016 60% cabernet sauvignon, 28% shiraz, 12% cabernet franc, hand-picked, crushed, destemmed, open and static fermenters, the cabernet and shiraz matured in used French barriques, the cabernet franc in a new French 4000L foudre for 12 months. Is at once supple, yet savoury/spicy, with vibrant red and black fruits, yet neatly tied together by […]
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Andrew Graham: “Very savoury and fine – all class.”

  • Posted by Terre à Terre Wines
  • On May 10, 2016
Author: Andrew Graham Source: ozwinereview.com.au Review Date: Tuesday, May 10, 2016 The key difference between this wine and the Franc are the oak treatment – this was matured for 12 months in 70% new oak and then racked to a single older 5,000L foudre. There’s also 9% Cabernet Sauvignon in the mix. Numbers: pH 3.65, TA 5.1g/L, VA 0.43g/L […]
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Andrew Graham: “Very Franc. Big fan.”

  • Posted by Terre à Terre Wines
  • On May 10, 2016
Author: Andrew Graham Source: ozwinereview.com.au Review Date: Tuesday, May 10, 2016 2014 was a vintage that started cool and humid and ended up warm and mild. The Crayères vineyard is effectively hand-pick only, with the 1.5m row spacing too small for anything but mini-tractors and feet (or maybe a horse). The fruiting wire is 50cm off the ground, which […]
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Campbell Mattinson: “in my books, it’s a ripper”

  • Posted by Terre à Terre Wines
  • On May 3, 2016
Author: Campbell Mattinson Source: winefront.com.au Review Date: Monday, May 2, 2016 Wrattonbully shiraz from a fine producer. It saw all French oak and includes a small portion of high grade cabernet sauvignon. The back label suggests that “1000 cases of 6” were produced. Which brought a smile to my face, and an internal round of applause. It’s savoury. […]
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Gary Walsh: “Great drink. High Interest”

  • Posted by Terre à Terre Wines
  • On May 3, 2016
Author: Gary Walsh Source: winefront.com.au Review Date: Monday, May 2 2016 It’s a brave, and wholly admirable thing to release a Cabernet Franc dominant wine. I wish there were more of them. It’s a rare bird all right, and a beautiful one too. Redcurrant, floral perfume, signature sweet grassiness of Franc, gentle sweetly spiced oak in support. Medium bodied, […]
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Winsor Dobbin: “delightful”

  • Posted by Terre à Terre Wines
  • On April 13, 2016
Author: Winsor Dobbin Source: winsordobbin.com.au Date: April 2016 Wine of the week: Terre à Terre Blanc 2015 From industry veteran Brian Croser’s daughter Lucy and her talented French partner Xavier Bizot, this is an impressive wine made from close-planted Wrattonbully sauvignon blanc that owes a lot more in style to Bordeaux than Marlborough. Cold soaked, then slowly […]
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Stuart Robinson: “beautifully vibrant”

  • Posted by Terre à Terre Wines
  • On April 12, 2016
Wine: Terre à Terre Rouge 2014 Author: Stuart Robinson Source: thevinsomniac.com Date: April 2016 A new wine to the Terre á Terre portfolio, a blend of Cab Franc/Shiraz/Cab Sauv (60/28/12% respectively). A beautifully vibrant winning, brimming in wine. Cedar, bay, mulberry, fruits of the forest. Light of body, delicate, almost fragile; dried herb, red fruit, semblance of […]
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Ralph Kyte-Powell: “plum, raspberry, herb and cedar characters”

  • Posted by Terre à Terre Wines
  • On April 12, 2016
Author: Ralph Kyte-Powell Source: Sydney Morning Herald / The Age Review Date: Tuesday, April 12, 2016 A French-Australian collaboration from SA’s Limestone Coast, this cab franc/shiraz/cab sauvblend has plum, raspberry, herb and cedar characters. (Screw cap; 14.5 per cent alcohol.) Ageing? Drink over four years. Food idea Lamb cutlets. Stockists include City Wine Shop, Spring Street, Melbourne (Vic); Prince […]
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Peter Chapman: “crisp flavoursome white”

  • Posted by Terre à Terre Wines
  • On April 12, 2016
Wine: Terre a Terre Blanc 2015 Author: Peter Chapman Source: Queensland Times (and other syndicated media) Review Date: Wednesday March 30, 2016 Always interested in what winemaker Xavier Bizot is producing down in Wrattonbully. Here is a crisp flavoursome white that is a great starter for any meal to perk the appetite. Food: Lamb stir fry Rated: 92/100 RRP: $32
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Andrew Graham: “taking a lead from white Bordeaux”

  • Posted by Terre à Terre Wines
  • On March 10, 2016
Author: Andrew Graham Source: ozwinereview.com.au Review Date: Tuesday, March 8, 2016 From an early vintage in Wrattonbully, this was produced from ripe grapes that are whole bunch pressed and fermented in a new 3000L foudre. It undergoes a very slow 3 month ferment and then put back until older large oak for 5 months. Numbers: pH 3.25 TA […]
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Andrew Graham: “classic Franc beauty”

  • Posted by Terre à Terre Wines
  • On March 10, 2016
Author: Andrew Graham Source: ozwinereview.com.au Review Date: Tuesday, March 8, 2016 The first ever Terre à Terre red blend and ‘probably one of the most independent-minded wines of our range’ according to Xavier. It’s a blend of 60% Cabernet Franc, 28% Shiraz and 12% Cabernet Sauvignon, the fruit handpicked and shipped to the Tiers winery for production. Of […]
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Mike Frost: soft tannins and very good length

  • Posted by Terre à Terre Wines
  • On March 10, 2016
Author: Mike Frost Source: Courrier Mail Review Date: Friday, March 4, 2016 From Xavier Bizot and Lucy Croser’s Crayeres vineyard in Wrattonbully, South Australia, this blend of cabernet franc, shiraz and cabernet sauvignon shows floral and blackberry characters on the nose and palate, with soft tannins and very good length. It will be a natural with red meats with a Mediterranean influence over […]
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Campbell Mattinson: the flavour is delicious

  • Posted by Terre à Terre Wines
  • On February 23, 2016
Author: Campbell Mattinson Source: winefront.com.au Review Date: Tuesday, February 23, 2016 Ripe sauvignon blanc, aged in oak, with a smidgen of residual sugar. Plenty of aromatics leads to a palate riddled with tropical fruit flavour. It’s textural, almost glycerol, with passionfruit and peach (almost into two-fruits territory) flavours washing through the palate. The sweetness isn’t unwelcome; the flavour is […]
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Campbell Mattinson: “Structural Integrity”

  • Posted by Terre à Terre Wines
  • On February 15, 2016
Author: Campbell Mattinson Source: winefront.com.au Review Date: Monday, February 15, 2016 Cabernet franc leads the way (60%) in this blend with shiraz and cabernet sauvignon. Grown in the Wrattonbully region. I think the phrase is ‘structural integrity’. It’s strung with herbs, grasses and dry tannin, the flesh of fruit playing second fiddle to the framework. Whether or not it’s […]
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Max Allen: Daosa 2011 full of elegant character

  • Posted by Terre à Terre Wines
  • On January 21, 2016
Apéritif time From a cool, high-altitude chardonnay vineyard and from one of the coolest growing seasons, this sparkling wine is full of elegant character, distinctive herbal notes, citrus zing and savoury finish. Max Allen Gourmet Traveller Wine, February 2016 issue
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Tony Love: Terre a Terre Cabernet 2013 – 4.5 stars

  • Posted by Terre à Terre Wines
  • On January 21, 2016
Region: Wrattonbully Value: Fine wine worthy Best with: Best ever rib-eye steak From the South-East’s region of the moment, this delightful cabernet takes in a small percentage of cabernet franc as well, adding a redder, brighter berry lift to the fruit spectrum, which otherwise concentrates on its pure blackberry feels. Did we say purity, purity […]
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Down to Earth 2015: Sauvignon with real charm – Ralph Kyte-Powell

  • Posted by Terre à Terre Wines
  • On January 11, 2016
Terre à Terre Down to Earth Sauvignon Blanc 2015 Sydney Morning Herald – Spectrum 9/1/2016 Australia adores sauvignon blanc. Floods are consumed, with the Kiwi version enjoying pride of place all over the country, but there are sauvignon blanc haters out there too. This subtle type from Wrattonbully in South Australia might please them more. […]
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ozwinereview: Down to Earth “admirably good”

  • Posted by Terre à Terre Wines
  • On December 15, 2015
Hand picked in two passes, the first tranche fermented in tank and spent 5 months on lees, the second tranche picked five days later and whole bunch pressed into a new 3,000L foudre and a 2yr old 2,000L foudre. 28% of the blend is from the foudre, with that ferment very slow (4 months!) and […]
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Angus Hughson: Daosa 2011 “superb now”

  • Posted by Terre à Terre Wines
  • On December 4, 2015
The Australian – Wish Magazine December 2015 “The finest vintage of Daosa to date is an immediately complex and pure sparkling chardonnay showing layers of brioche, green apple and nougat fruits with a textural richness and almond-scented edge from barrel ferment, all well supported by bright acidity, with a long finish. Superb now, it may […]
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Huon Hooke review – Terre a Terre Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

  • Posted by Terre à Terre Wines
  • On November 29, 2015
Huon Hooke 92 Very tight, firm, lean, narrow profiled wine. Tobacco and black fruit aromas, a touch of green tannin backing up the sweet fruit. Lots of grip. The acid is relatively low, but the tannins are a touch sappy. It’s good but faintly herbal. (5% cabernet franc. Aged a year in a new 4000-litre […]
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Australian Wine Review – Terre à Terre Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

  • Posted by Terre à Terre Wines
  • On November 22, 2015
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 […]
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Vinsomniac – 93 points for Daosa 2011

  • Posted by Terre à Terre Wines
  • On November 20, 2015
A lively effervescence: persistence of bead, yeasty autolysis top notes, complexity from 51 months on lees. Citrus tang, a swathe of acid cutting a minerally line – yet softened sufficiently from time both sur lie and bois. A little biscuit depth, persistent acid. Glorious length, a fine tail. 93 Tasted on Friday 4th September, a […]
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Tony Love – Down to Earth Sauvignon Blanc 2015

  • Posted by Terre à Terre Wines
  • On November 17, 2015
WINE WITH TONY LOVE – Herald Sun Great to see this exciting region in SA’s southeast revealing a white side as well as its game-changing reds. This is delicious, showing more interest than many others because its winemaking has focused on creating texture and body underneath the tropicals and grapefruits, defining a genuine modern Australian […]
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Peter Chapman – Down to Earth Sauvignon Blanc 2015

  • Posted by simon-perrin
  • On November 11, 2015
NEWS ON THE VINE WITH PETER CHAPMAN – The Toowoomba Chronicle QUALITY sav blanc from a producer who keeps on delivering excellent wines. Ripe stone fruits and nice wet finish. Xavier Bizot’s wines take a little tracking down, but it’s well worth the effort. FOOD: Snapper fillets RATING: 94/100 RRP: $26
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Daosa 2011 – 92 points Huon Hooke

  • Posted by Terre à Terre Wines
  • On November 5, 2015
Bright, medium to light yellow colour, with a nutty barrel-influenced bouquet, the palate savoury and dry, but also soft and quite rich. The wine is smooth and savoury, very dry and somehow still conveys an impression of richness, thanks to the oaked component, which adds softness, roundness and textural qualities. There are obvious aldehydes which […]
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“ripe but still racy” – 2015 Down to Earth Sauvignon Blanc

  • Posted by Terre à Terre Wines
  • On October 20, 2015
Some good Sauvignon coming out of Australia, from various parts. The Upper Yarra Valley, Adelaide Hills and Wrattonbully are hot spots. Author: Gary Walsh Source: Wine Front Review Date: Tuesday, October 20, 2015 Gooseberry, quince and grapefruit, light herbal inflection, though it’s not the dominant trait. It’s of medium body, ripe but still racy, with […]
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“a quality wine”

  • Posted by Terre à Terre Wines
  • On October 10, 2015
Campbell Mattinson – The Wine Front – 2 Sept 2015 It’s nothing if not complex. It’s ripped with grapefruit, prettied up with red apples, throws sprays of exotic floral scents/flavours and bursts with herbal acidity through the finish. It won’t be for everyone but by the measures of complexity, intensity and length it’s a quality […]
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“the best yet”

  • Posted by Terre à Terre Wines
  • On October 10, 2015
The Wine Genius – 7/10/2015 Pale gold and exceptional bead. A highly complex style with powerful French pastry, and nutty complexity underling bright pristine green apple fruits. Classic tight, focused high acid style – juicy and taut that evolves layer after layer in the glass. Gorgeous fine and long, and the best yet under this […]
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“succulent almost Riesling like” – 2014 Sauvignon Blanc

  • Posted by Terre à Terre Wines
  • On October 9, 2015
Bright pale yellow. Deliciously enticing florals, quite exotic and complex. Pristine grapefruit and finger lime citrus with nuances of chamomile, wheat germ and salad greens. Bracing on entry, succulent, almost Riesling like to close. Author: Sophie Otton Source: Le Pan Review Date: Friday, October 9, 2015 Rated: 91 points
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“sophisticated, expressive” – 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon

  • Posted by Terre à Terre Wines
  • On October 9, 2015
Dark ruby with a blue hue. Plum and raspberry fruit, cedar and chocolate box. Superb mix of perfectly ripe fruit, spiced oak and very fine tannin. Balanced and measured on the palate finishing savory and long. A sophisticated, expressive example of the variety. Author: Sophie Otton Source: Le Pan Review Date: Friday, October 9, 2015 […]
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Red Hot & Rated – 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon

  • Posted by Terre à Terre Wines
  • On October 9, 2015
Matured in a new 4000l French foudre for 12 months, then to a used 4000l foudre for a final 10 months, 5% cabernet franc added. A thoroughly elegant and poised cabernet, opening with cassis/ blackcurrant, then a matrix of oak, cedar, dried herb and savoury tannins taking the wine through to a powerful conclusion. Author: […]
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Drink me

  • Posted by Terre à Terre Wines
  • On August 31, 2015
Lucy Croser and Xavier Bizot called one label Terre à Terre (French for “down to earth”) and the other … Down to Earth (there’s no room here to explain). This barrel-fermented style used to be called fumé blanc, and it’s one of the few sauvignon blancs that can be aged. It’s sensational: elegant yet bursting […]
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“Exemplar of the barrel fermented style” – 2014 Sauvignon Blanc

  • Posted by Terre à Terre Wines
  • On August 9, 2015
Exemplar of the barrel fermented style of Sauvignon Blanc, that is associated with Bordeaux blanc, a style pursued by premium producers of the variety. Author: Stuart Robinson Source: The Vinsomniac Review Date: Sunday, August 9, 2015 From the close planted vineyard in Wrattonbully that is starting to come of age. It sees 15 days in […]
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“a rarity” – 2014 Sauvignon Blanc

  • Posted by Terre à Terre Wines
  • On July 30, 2015
Here we have a rarity – a sauvignon blanc that is still on the improve more than a year after vintage. It’s comparatively complex and textural as a result of barrel fermentation, but retains its gooseberry/grass varietal character. Source: Wine Wise Review Date: Thursday, July 30, 2015 ★★★★☆
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Wine Companion Results

  • Posted by Terre à Terre Wines
  • On July 29, 2015
Author: James Halliday Source: Halliday Wine Companion 2016 Review Date: Wednesday, July 29, 2015 Terre a Terre Sauvignon Blanc 2014 Fermented in a mix of 14 used French barriques and 10 600l demi muids, left on lees for 1 month, racked, SO2 added and returned to one 2000l foudre and 10 demi muids. Xavier Bizot […]
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“length is very good” – 2014 Sauvignon Blanc

  • Posted by Terre à Terre Wines
  • On July 15, 2015
Bordeaux, meet Australian Sauv Blanc. Author: Andrew Graham Source: Australian Wine Review Review Date: Wednesday, July 15, 2015 Actually, that’s not quite right, as this doesn’t feel like Bordeaux Blanc at all. Too ‘fruity’ for that. More like a Fumé, if anything. Sourced from the close-planted Terre à Terre vineyard in Wrattonbully, it was handpicked, […]
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“Very smart wine.” – 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon

  • Posted by Terre à Terre Wines
  • On July 13, 2015
Note that this is sealed with a cork, even though it has been under screwcap previously. Xavier (Bizot, who runs Terre à Terre with wife Lucy) told me a little while ago that he was moving back to cork because he thought this Cabernet needed cork not screwcap. Interesting. Looks like an expensive cork too. […]
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“Super wine. Serious wine.” – 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon

  • Posted by Terre à Terre Wines
  • On July 12, 2015
Surprised to see a cork in this wine, where it was previously screwcap. Still, was a very high quality cork. Author: Gary Walsh Source: winefront.com.au Review Date: Sunday, July 12, 2015 Blackberry, oak well in back, garden florals, earth and a whiff of peppermint. Medium bodied, dense tannic and chewy, bit of lift in there, […]
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“Sheesh, there’s some sophistication here” – 2014 Sauvignon Blanc

  • Posted by Terre à Terre Wines
  • On July 7, 2015
Single Vineyard offering out of Wrattonbully. Sees some oak, both in fermentation and maturation. Author: Campbell Mattinson Source: winefront.com.au Review Date: Tuesday, July 7, 2015 Sheesh, there’s some sophistication here. It doesn’t come at the expense of pure, sheer drinkability either. Opulent fruit and texture, sweet lime and barley, dried hay/grass, stone fruits. Flavour-packed acidity […]
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“a lingering finish” – 2014 Down to Earth Sauvignon Blanc

  • Posted by Terre à Terre Wines
  • On February 5, 2015
Pale straw hue followed by grassy and tropical peach fruit flavours. Dry and quite full with fresh acid, juicy fruit complimented by a just a touch of creamy lees and oak adding interest to a lingering finish. Source: WineGenius.com Review Date: Thursday, February 5, 2015 Drinking Range: 2014 – 2016 Score: 91
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“a wine with texture and a deep complexity” – 2013 Sauvignon Blanc

  • Posted by Terre à Terre Wines
  • On January 1, 2015
The use of oak and extended lees contact, including battonage, has contributed to a wine with texture and a deep complexity. Like the crisp fine acid, which sustains the very long, perfectly controlled finish. So much happening here you just have to take another sip. Author: Ray Jordan Source: Drinks Trade Review Date: Thursday, January […]
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Philip Rich – Australian Financial Review – 12/12/2014

  • Posted by Terre à Terre Wines
  • On December 18, 2014
The grapes for this new sparkling come from an Adelaide Hills vineyard planted by Christian Bizot, a late former chairman of Bollinger. Bizot’s son Xavier now owns the vineyard and while he sends most of the grapes to Petaluma for its sparkling Croser, he keeps some for himself. In this pristine and elegant wine, 100 […]
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“A superb cabernet indeed” – 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon

  • Posted by Terre à Terre Wines
  • On December 8, 2014
Deep red/purple colour with a smoky, oak-tinged, stylishly soy-laced bouquet, and a trace of tapenade. It’s full-bodied and very intense, concentrated and powerful, yet also retains elegance. The wine is very pure, very fine and very penetrating. A superb cabernet indeed, and one that will live for many years. Author: Huon Hooke Source: HuonHooke.com Review […]
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Initial reviews for the 2010 Blanc de Blancs

  • Posted by Terre à Terre Wines
  • On December 4, 2014
Gary Walsh – The Winefront – Dec 2014 Toasty with floral perfume, pie apple, citrus, mint and crackers. Fine. Full flavoured. Complex. Vinous. Almost silky. Then dry with lemon soda, brine and toast to close. Lovely wine Super Australian sparkling. 93 points Drink 2014-2020 Andrew Graham – Australian Wine Review – Nov 2014 Grower Champagne […]
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Top 100 New Releases – 2013 Sauvignon Blanc

  • Posted by Terre à Terre Wines
  • On November 24, 2014
Like a white Graves, this has dominant oak in its youth and needs time. It’s lively and very dry to taste with citrusy flavours and bright acidity, toasted nutty barrel influences and shy fruit. A superb food wine in the making. Author: Huon Hooke Source: Gourmet Traveller WINE Review Date: Monday, November 24, 2014 Rated: […]
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Top 100 New Releases – 2012 Down to Earth Cabernets Shiraz

  • Posted by Terre à Terre Wines
  • On November 24, 2014
Bright, deep, youthful colour introduces a bouquet of perfectly ripened black fruits and subtle dried herbs, and the oak has been sensitively handled. Medium- bodied with good concentration and smooth,ripe tannins. Author: Huon Hooke Source: Gourmet Traveller WINE Review Date: Monday, November 24, 2014 Rated: 92 points Drink: 2 – 15 years
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“Sophisticated refreshment.” – The Advertiser Top 100 – 2014 Down to Earth Sauvignon Blanc

  • Posted by Terre à Terre Wines
  • On November 22, 2014
Lovely, fresh-faced, gently teased sauvignon with a small 7 per cent of the make fermented in large French oak casks to then spend a few months on the grape solids and yeast less adding more attractive mineral and textural layers to balance the citrus fruit profile. Sophisticated refreshment. Author: Tony Love Source: The Advertiser Review […]
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“An elegant wine. Smells fantastic.” – 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon

  • Posted by Terre à Terre Wines
  • On November 18, 2014
Lavender scents over blackcurrant juice with a big whiff of ‘Aussie bush’ character. Smells fantastic. Sits high and fresh in the palate, almost squeaky in texture with puckering tannins trimming the firm cassis-like fruit profile. There’s more of the herbal stuff to taste, but seamless in the mix. An elegant wine. Author: Mike Bennie Source: […]
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2010 Daosa released

  • Posted by Terre à Terre Wines
  • On October 27, 2014
The 2010 vintage of Daosa is now on sale, only 2,000 bottles were made of this excellent vintage, and already selling very well by the glass. Tasting note attached. Daosa Tasting Note 2010
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“a contender for best Sauvignon Blanc in Australia” – 2013 Sauvignon Blanc

  • Posted by Terre à Terre Wines
  • On October 21, 2014
Increasingly proving itself as a contender for best Sauvignon Blanc in Australia. Subtle wood and lees work lends luxurious texture and complexity. Gentle curves aside, there’s a core of driving fruit and crisp acidity which makes the wine more compelling. Cracker. Author: Mike Bennie Source: WBM Magazine Review Date: Tuesday, October 21, 2014 Rated: 94 […]
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“Silky and textural, this is refreshment personified” – 2014 Down to Earth Sauvignon Blanc

  • Posted by Terre à Terre Wines
  • On September 30, 2014
Hand-picked, it is fermented in a combination of stainless-steel tanks and a 2000-litre French oak barrel known as a foudré. The wine then spends three months on its yeast lees to gain complexity and texture. It smells of quince, citrus and tropical fruits – seriously alluring. Silky and textural, this is refreshment personified with intense […]
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“Fruit-driven with a hint of French style.” – 2013 Down to Earth Cabernets Shiraz

  • Posted by Terre à Terre Wines
  • On September 23, 2014
Young winemaking duo Xavier and Lucy Bizot have impeccable credentials. He’s a member of the family that owns Champagne Bollinger, she’s the daughter of veteran Australian winemaker Brian Croser. Their higher- end wines are under the Terre a Terre label and outstanding, while this is a more affordable drink-now blend of cabernet sauvignon, shiraz and […]
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Wine Australia’s Inspired Tasting highlights – 2013 Sauvignon Blanc

  • Posted by Terre à Terre Wines
  • On September 22, 2014
Backstory: nominated by Patrick Schmitt, The Drinks Business – A good example of oaked Sauvignon from the New World, although the wine has yet to find a UK distributor. The follow on vintage is just as exciting as the 2012 which I tasted last year in the vineyard (pictured) – very precise, taut and mineral […]
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“always eagerly anticipated” – 2013 Down to Earth Cabernet Shiraz and 2014 Down to Earth Sauvignon Blanc

  • Posted by Terre à Terre Wines
  • On September 20, 2014
TERRE a Terre – a French expression meaning Down to Earth – is a small family winery run by husband and wife team Xavier Bizot and Lucy Croser. The 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 wine regions. The […]
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“lovely to smell… very good length” – 2014 Down to Earth Sauvignon Blanc

  • Posted by Terre à Terre Wines
  • On September 20, 2014
Wrattonbully: you’d not have bet it would be making some of the better Sauvignon in Australia. Perfumed style – lovely to smell. Aniseed, floral notes, quince and gooseberry. Light and crisp, full of citrus and gooseberry tartness, touch of creaminess and flint and very good length. Discreet Sauvignon. Author: Gary Walsh Source: The Wine Front […]
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“Rich, ripe and elegant” – 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon

  • Posted by Terre à Terre Wines
  • On September 17, 2014
Deep red colour with a strong purple rim. The bouquet is very foresty and has a trace of eucalyptus, the palate is full-bodied and quite firm, with lashings of tannin, but the tannins are ripe and smooth. Rich, ripe and elegant in the mouth. Its not minty but foresty, with a savoury spectrum of aromas […]
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“A very good wine indeed” – 2013 Down to Earth Cabernets Shiraz

  • Posted by Terre à Terre Wines
  • On September 17, 2014
Deep purple/red colour, bright and youthful. The aromas are of perfectly ripened black fruits and subtle dried herbs, there is no regional mint and the oak is so sensitively applied as to be unnoticed. It’s medium to full-bodied and has good concentration, the savoury black fruit flavours backed up by persistent but smooth, ripe tannins. […]
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“very good potential” – 2013 Sauvignon Blanc

  • Posted by Terre à Terre Wines
  • On September 17, 2014
Light straw-yellow colour, with an oak-driven bouquet, which has cashew and toasted-nut barrel aromas uppermost and crowding out the fruit expression at this stage. It’s lively and very dry in the mouth, with liberal acidity, the oak not dominating the palate, but the fruit shy and subtly expressed – although there is citrusy flavour evident. […]
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“very much its own wine” – 2013 Sauvignon Blanc

  • Posted by Terre à Terre Wines
  • On August 21, 2014
Here’s a sauvignon blanc that’s so stylish you quickly forget it’s sav blanc at all – it’s very much its own wine. It’s from a single vineyard of close-planted vines that are grown on Wrattonbully’s terra rossa soils. Barrel-fermented, it’s incredibly complex, with lemongrass, passionfruit and dusty flavours that are delivered with a texture that’s […]
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“each month it gets better” – 2013 Sauvignon Blanc

  • Posted by Terre à Terre Wines
  • On August 18, 2014
I’ve had this several times now and each month it gets better. Pine/passionfruit nose is super expressive, though the fruit is fighting with the oak at present, the palate flush with nectarine cream palate. Finishes much more tight than expected. An expressive and generous number this, but will need more time to integrate. Hold 17.7/20, […]
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“A magnificent example” – 95 – 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon

  • Posted by Terre à Terre Wines
  • On August 9, 2014
A magnificent example from Wrattonbully. Powerful blue/black fruit aromatics reel you in, supplemented with cedary spice, dried herb a little char and black olive. Power and reach with an elegant framework, excellent structure that will provide for a long road ahead. Graphite mineral and exquisite grained tannin. Length does not do justice to the wine. […]
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“marvellously constructed, totally individual wines” – 2013 Sauvignon Blanc

  • Posted by Terre à Terre Wines
  • On August 9, 2014
SAUVIGNON blanc lived a peaceful existence in France until Robert Mondavi, the Napa Valley’s doyen of winemakers, planted it, fermented it in barrel and called it Fumé Blanc. Mondavi’s inspiration was White Bordeaux; a barrel-fermented blend of sauvignon blanc, semillon and muscadelle. The recent improvement in the quality of White Bordeaux is not attributed to […]
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“Beautifully poised; very elegant; extremely drinkable” – 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon

  • Posted by Terre à Terre Wines
  • On August 9, 2014
Talented young couple Xavier and Lucy Bizot, both blessed with impeccable wine industry credentials, are making some stunning wines from the under-rated Wrattonbully region of South Australia. Their complex and intense 2013 Terre a Terre sauvignon blanc is among the best in the country and this cabernet sauvignon, made in tiny quantities, could confidently be […]
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Top 8 Premium oaked Sauvignon Blanc – 2013 Sauvignon Blanc

  • Posted by Terre à Terre Wines
  • On August 6, 2014
Sarah Ahmed MW recently conducted a blind tasting of 32 premium oaked sauvignon blancs, from 8 countries, including the Terre à Terre 2013 Sauvignon Blanc which was selected in her top 8 wines from the tasting. The full article can be seen here: http://thewinedetective.co.uk/blog/australia/verdict-blind-tasting-premi… Terre a Terre 2013 (Wrattonbully, South Australia) I visited Terre a […]
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“incredibly complex”- 5 stars – 2013 Sauvignon Blanc

  • Posted by Terre à Terre Wines
  • On August 6, 2014
Here’s a sauvignon blanc that’s so stylish you quickly forget it’s sav blanc at all – it’s very much its own wine. It’s from a single vineyard of close-planted vines that are grown on Wrattonbully’s terra rossa soils. Barrel-fermented, it’s incredibly complex, with lemongrass, passionfruit and dusty flavours that are delivered with a texture that’s […]
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“super-elegant medium bodied cabernet” 95 points – 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon

  • Posted by Terre à Terre Wines
  • On July 29, 2014
Grown on the very close-planted estate vineyard, with a density of 4444 vines per hectare, and a fruiting wire only 50cm above ground. There were no tricks to the fermentation, whereafter the wine was pressed to 4-year-old French barriques, and after 7 months was racked to a 1-year-old 4000l foudre (French vat), where it spent […]
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93 points – 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon

  • Posted by Terre à Terre Wines
  • On July 28, 2014
Deeply coloured with powerful and densely ripe blackberry and cedar fruit supported by ample, creamy oak. Full bodied and robust fruit underpinned by savoury tannins with freshness to acidity make for a wine best in the medium term. Source: WineGenius.com Review Date: Monday, July 28, 2014 Drinking Range: 2016 – 2023 Score: 93
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Advertiser TOP 100 – “a wine that is blessed” – 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon

  • Posted by Terre à Terre Wines
  • On July 26, 2014
Here’s a wine that is blessed with the twin virtues of elegance and finesse. It opens with a fragrant swirl of red and black currants before drawing you in to a lithe and detailed palate unencumbered by a single extraneous ounce of flab or fat. A really lovely example of the “luncheon claret” style. Author: […]
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“Be quick, it’s good” – 95/100 – 2013 Sauvignon Blanc

  • Posted by Terre à Terre Wines
  • On July 23, 2014
THE good news is that this could well be the best sauvignon blanc produced by this quality South Aussie vineyard, the bad news is it’s only a limited release of 800 dozen. Be quick, it’s good. Author: Peter Chapman Source: Syndicated Qld newspapers Review Date: Wednesday, July 23, 2014 Rated: 95/100
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94/100 – 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon

  • Posted by Terre à Terre Wines
  • On July 23, 2014
WINEMAKER Xavier Bizot is building a strong reputation for the quality of his wines. This cab sav has strong dark fruit flavours on a bouquet of spices and sage. Author: Peter Chapman Source: Syndicated Qld newspapers Review Date: Wednesday, July 23, 2014 Rated: 94 / 100
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“serious Sauvignon” – 2013 Sauvignon Blanc

  • Posted by Terre à Terre Wines
  • On July 14, 2014
The fourth release (2009, 2010, 2012 and this) of this serious Sauvignon from the Terre à Terre team of Xavier Bizot and Lucy Crosier. A mere 800 dozen produced, up there at $40 per bottle. It’s not your cougar juice – and I feel somewhat dirty mentioning that in the context of this wine. The […]
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“Drink me!” – 2013 Sauvignon Blanc

  • Posted by Terre à Terre Wines
  • On July 13, 2014
They used to label their wine Down to Earth, but husband and wife Xavier Bizot and Lucy Croser (or their marketing pushers) now think the Oz public can cope with a few French words. C’est possible? Another really great wine from the Wrattonbully, SA, team: crisp full of flavour and substantial. Source: Who Weekly Review […]
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“Bloody good” – 2013 Sauvignon Blanc

  • Posted by Terre à Terre Wines
  • On July 13, 2014
Terre a Terre Sauvignon Blanc“Well that’s nice local Sauvignon.Not cheap $40, but bloody good. Subdued, quince and flint and length.Etc. Blah blah.” Author: Gary Walsh Source: Twitter Review Date: Sunday, July 13, 2014
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“outstanding line, length and balance” – 96 points WOW Factor White – 2013 Sauvignon Blanc

  • Posted by Terre à Terre Wines
  • On July 7, 2014
A perfect growing season resulted in exceptionally concetrated flavours achieved at lower than normal alcohol level; fermented in a mix of French barriques (225l) and 8 demi-muids (600l); and a complicated regime of lees maturation. The wine has outstanding line, length and balance, the fruit expression almost piercing in its intensity. Don’t go looking for […]
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“High fives all round.” – 18.2/20 – 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon

  • Posted by Terre à Terre Wines
  • On July 2, 2014
Every year Xavier Bizot’s Terre à Terre vineyard gets a little older, the back-breakingly short, close-planted vines get a little stronger and the wines get a little more ethereal. Indeed this 2012 Cabernet is easily the best wine yet with a Terre à Terre label. High fives all round. A light maroon red colour (I’m […]
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“Very down to earth wine” – 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon

  • Posted by Terre à Terre Wines
  • On June 30, 2014
Very down to earth wine, but what does the name mean? Tres Coonawarra, unsurprisingly, since it’s from just next door, the Limestone Coast, but like all of us, needs more time. Author: Max Crus Source: Syndicated regional papers Review Date: Monday, June 30, 2014 Rating: 8.8/10
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“never looked better” – 93+ points – 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon

  • Posted by Terre à Terre Wines
  • On June 23, 2014
The third release of Terre à Terre’s Wrattonbully Cabernet Sauvignon and the wine has never looked better. Talk about hitting the ground running. I’m aware that the word minerality carries a lot of baggage and is amorphous – for me, poetic slippage between shape, texture and flavour with an overwhelmingly positive loading – but quite […]
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“Bravo.” 94+ points – 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon

  • Posted by Terre à Terre Wines
  • On June 17, 2014
Here’s a fine example of where what you leave out, is often more important than what you put in. In this case, they’ve left out loading it up with gross oak and reckless chemistry set tartaric acid additions: the Achilles heel of the Limestone Coast. This was raised for 7 months in four year old […]
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“x-factor” – 93 points – Down to Earth 2013 Sauvignon Blanc

  • Posted by Terre à Terre Wines
  • On June 2, 2014
A mere 5% spends time in oak, but that small detail lends the curl of texture and perfume that gives the wine an x-factor of further interest. Flavours are intense with driving exotic tropical fruit character, but tighten up and show fine structure through the finish. Interesting. Author: Mike Bennie Source: Parade Magazine Review Date: […]
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“built to age gracefully” – 2012 Sauvignon Blanc

  • Posted by Terre à Terre Wines
  • On May 26, 2014
Matched to a dish of Beef Carpaccio with horse radish and creme fraiche dressing: “Run and managed by husband and wife Lucy Croser and Xavier Bizot, this is an approachable, punchy style with upfront passionfruit and tropical characters. Although primary now, it’s built to age gracefully. This dish has a well- balanced marriage of rich, […]
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“Down the hatch at Wrattonbully”

  • Posted by Terre à Terre Wines
  • On January 8, 2014
As part of her Limestone Coast regional tour, Sarah Ahmed has produced a detailed article on the geology and associated wines of the Wrattonbully region, including a look at the Terre à Terre vineyard. Read the full article here: http://www.thewinedetective.co.uk/blog/australia/the-limestone-coast-par… Her reviews of the wines are reproduced below. Terre á Terre Sauvignon Blanc 2012 (Wrattonbully) […]
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“Intense” – 93 points – 2013 Down to Earth Sauvignon Blanc

  • Posted by Terre à Terre Wines
  • On December 1, 2013
A mere five percent spends time in oak, but that small detail lends the curl of texture and perfume that gives the wine an x-factor. intense with driving exotic tropical fruit, but tightens up and shows fine structure. Interesting. Author: Mike Bennie Source: Wine Business Monthly Review Date: Sunday, December 1, 2013 Rated: 93 points
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“astounding minerally texture” – Down to Earth 2013 Sauvignon Blanc

  • Posted by Terre à Terre Wines
  • On November 30, 2013
So many sauvignons out there but the best are few and far between – here vibrant fruit showing definite ripeness and generous heady aromatics, flavours ranging from yellow peach and green-skinned pear, barrel ageing give surprising depth and astounding minerally texture. Tasty. Author: Tony Love Source: The Advertiser – TASTE Review Date: Saturday, November 30, […]
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“impressively complex” – 93 points

  • Posted by Terre à Terre Wines
  • On November 27, 2013
In the Dec-Jan issue of Gourmet Traveller WINE Ken Gargett took a look at Australian Sparklings giving the 2009 Daosa a glowing review and 93 points. Here is what he said: Daosa might sound like a dodgy Indian curry, but it’s actually a high-altitude chardonnay vineyard in the Adelaide Hills, which was originally planted in […]
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Down to Earth makes James Halliday’s Top 100 Wines… Again

  • Posted by Terre à Terre Wines
  • On November 16, 2013
The 2013 Down to Earth Sauvignon Blanc followed up the success of the 2012 by once again appearing in James Halliday’s annual list of the top 100 wines in Australia, with a score of 96 points. The full review is as follows: Estate-grown, hand-picked, cool fermented in tank, and 5% matured in a new French […]
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“Combining complexity and fruit intensity” – 2010 Sauvignon Blanc

  • Posted by Terre à Terre Wines
  • On October 8, 2013
Combining complexity and fruit intensity is quickly becoming Terre a Terre’s house style. This austere but powerful oaked aromatic offers ripe tropical fruits with exotic and savoury characters. Source: WineGenius.com Review Date: Tuesday, October 8, 2013 Score: 94 Drinking Range: 2013 – 2016
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“Enjoyable to the last; and it will last” – 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon

  • Posted by Terre à Terre Wines
  • On October 8, 2013
Welcomed by a bright and intense cherry colour, this highly stylish French inspired Wrattonbully Cabernet is an interesting combination of pretty red fruits, herbal complexity, and savoury oak. A lighter style than most of local competitors, this wine is elegant, gently spiced and somewhat ethereal. Enjoyable to the last; and it will last. Source: WineGenius.com […]
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“classy Sauvignon Blanc” – 2008 Sauvignon Blanc

  • Posted by Terre à Terre Wines
  • On October 8, 2013
Though already five years old, this classy Sauvignon Blanc is still taught, shapely and fruit driven. A classic and inviting blend of pungent sweet tropical fruits and herbal complexity. A core of racey lime acidity, minerality and mouth filling texture. Source: WineGenius.com Review Date: Tuesday, October 8, 2013 Drinking Range: 2013 – 2016 Score: 94
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“Full of texture and complexitiy” – 2009 Sauvignon Blanc

  • Posted by Terre à Terre Wines
  • On October 8, 2013
The wine is certainly not a reflection of a torturous vintage. This 2009 Sauvignon Blanc is simply wonderful. Full of texture and compelxitiy, at its core it is still fruit driven. Passionfruit, lime and kiwi are all cohesively combined with delicate savoury oak, minerality and a taught lingering finish. Source: WineGenius.com Review Date: Tuesday, October […]
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“exceptional Sauvignon Blanc from Terre a Terre” – 2012 Sauvignon Blanc

  • Posted by Terre à Terre Wines
  • On October 8, 2013
Another exceptional Sauvignon Blanc from Terre a Terre. Youthfully green tinted straw in colour and exuding ripe, tropical and pungent class. It is a delightful blend of concentrated, almost viscous lime and kiwi. The added complexity gained by a clever oak regime lifts it above many of its peers. Unlike most new world Sauvignon Blancs, […]
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“this exemplary single vineyard Blanc de Blanc ticks all the boxes”

  • Posted by Terre à Terre Wines
  • On October 8, 2013
Another great review, this one comes from the team at WineGenius.com: Pale light yellow, the Daosa sparkling has a persistent yet fine bead. Both savoury and sweet this exemplary single vineyard Blanc de Blanc ticks all the boxes, a precise blend of citrus, nuts and toasty overtures. Will age well, but drinking brilliantly now. Drinking […]
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“Good drinking” – 2013 Down to Earth Sauvignon Blanc

  • Posted by Terre à Terre Wines
  • On August 30, 2013
The Down to Earth Sauvignon Blanc is made from fruit drawn off the same, close planted, vineyard as the Terre à Terre Sauvignon Blanc. The distinct difference is that this wine is fermented in stainless steel, with a small portion – 5% – fermented in a new Foudré, and that portion added back into the […]
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“a complete package” – 2013 Down to Earth Sauvignon Blanc

  • Posted by Terre à Terre Wines
  • On August 27, 2013
A fruit forward and pristine Sauvignon Blanc with just a little extra complexity generated by 5% new French oak. From the Terre à Terre team of Lucy Croser and Xavier Bizot. Quite a shy nose, a world away from the pungency of its Marlborough siblings. Lemon citrus and grass over gooseberry and cut herbs. A […]
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“For the cellar” – 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon

  • Posted by Terre à Terre Wines
  • On August 27, 2013
Xavier Bizot makes a tannic cabernet that reminds me of old-style bordeaux. Red and dark fruit, aniseed and fresh herb aromas. It’s full-bodied and seriously structured with gripping tannins that demand serving it with protein – meat or cheese. A seriously good cabernet in a style not often found these days. Author: Huon Hooke Source: […]
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Drink Me! – 2012 Pinot Gris Late Harvest

  • Posted by Terre à Terre Wines
  • On August 19, 2013
This late-harvest wine has only 5 per cent botrytis, so there are many interesting aspects to the sweetness. Wine critic Jancis Robinson opines that it would ideally match only three dishes, “but I’m not sure which they are.” So start experimenting, because it’s great stuff. Source: Who Weekly Review Date: Monday, August 19, 2013
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Cabernet Sauvignon 2010

  • Posted by Terre à Terre Wines
  • On August 6, 2013
Aromas of blackcurrants with scents of sage and five-spice which lead to a very structured mouthfeel. Author: Amy Looker Source: National Liquor News Review Date: Tuesday, August 6, 2013
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“set for fine development” – Jancis Robinson

  • Posted by Terre à Terre Wines
  • On July 30, 2013
Here’s international heavy-weight wine writer Jancis Robinson’s thoughts on the 2009 Daosa: Debut vintage from Xavier Bizot, son of Bollinger now in South Australia. Made as Bollinger in oak casks and then aged for 30 months in bottle on tirage. Very marked acidity and bone dry with impressive substance. Clearly set for fine development. Lovely […]
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“long and savoury” – 93 points – 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon

  • Posted by Terre à Terre Wines
  • On July 29, 2013
Terre à Terre is the label of Xavier Bizot and Lucy Croser, husband and wife team, each coming from respected winemaking familes, he as one of the families behind the Bollinger name and Lucy being the daughter of Brian and Ann Croser. Their Terre à Terre label was started in 2004 with the planting of […]
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James Halliday’s Top SA Wines 2013

  • Posted by Terre à Terre Wines
  • On July 28, 2013
Not one, but two of our wines have appeared in James Halliday’s top South Australian wines for 2013. 2012 Down to Earth Wrattonbully Sauvignon Blanc Pale straw-green; an intense, focused wine fermented in French oak barrels of various sizes and ages, purely a means of investing the wine with its extra structural dimensions and in […]
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94 Points from James Halliday’s Wine Companion

  • Posted by Terre à Terre Wines
  • On July 26, 2013
The 2014 edition of James Halliday’s annual Australian Wine Companion has hit the shelves, with Dasoa doing very well. Pale straw-green, good mousse; from the Daosa Vineyard in the Adelaide Hills at an elevation of 550m; after primary fermentation and nine months’ maturation in used French oak barriques, it was tiraged and kept on lees […]
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Australian Wine Companion 2014 results

  • Posted by Terre à Terre Wines
  • On July 25, 2013
The 2014 versions of James Halliday’s annual publication, The Australian Wine Companion, has been released with Terre à Terre performing exceptionally well. Once again Terre à Terre has received 5 red stars marking it as an “Outstanding” producer. Here are the full reviews from the book: Down to Earth 2012 Sauvignon Blanc Pale straw-green; an […]
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Cabernet sideways

  • Posted by Terre à Terre Wines
  • On July 24, 2013
Cabernet sideways – a look at 4 interesting Cabernet based reds Xavier Bizot – of Terre à Terre – is a crafty man. Crafty enough to know that a good blind tasting, when used correctly, can show just how little correlation there is between price and premium wine quality. Nowhere was that more apparent than […]
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“in absolute top form” – 17.7/20 – 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon

  • Posted by Terre à Terre Wines
  • On July 19, 2013
Sourced from Xavier Bizot’s close planted Wrattonbully vineyard (which is across the road from his father in law Brian Croser’s Whalebone vineyard), this is in absolute top form this vintage, those tannins in absolutely outstanding form. Xavier believes that those tannins are largely vineyard derived, as this really isn’t treated differently to many other Cabernets […]
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“Cellar this!” – 90 points – 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon

  • Posted by Terre à Terre Wines
  • On July 15, 2013
Medium to deep red/purple; very good colour. Fresh, ripe, clean aromas of red and darker fruits, with a lick of aniseed and some green herb notes. The tannins are quite firm and sticky, coating the entire interior of the mouth and leaving it very grippy and puckered. Lots of extraction here. It’s very firm, like […]
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“One to watch” – 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon

  • Posted by Terre à Terre Wines
  • On July 6, 2013
The second release of this close-planted Wrattonbully cabernet shows that in a race across the palate, the excellent tannin structure currently outplaces the density of sweet bramble fruit. Enjoy now with food or cellar to see the tannins subside. One to watch. Author: Alan Hunter Source: Courier Mail Review Date: Saturday, July 6, 2013 Rated: […]
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“outstanding varietal cabernet” – 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon

  • Posted by Terre à Terre Wines
  • On June 29, 2013
There is a consistent quality to the wines that Xavier Bizot and Luxy Croser produce from their small Wrattonbully vineyard on the Limestone Coast. I had their 2012 sauvignon blanc ready to review, but it was then trumped by this outstanding varietal cabernet that shows remarkable intensity given the vines were planted less than a […]
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“don’t miss out” – 95/100 – 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon

  • Posted by Terre à Terre Wines
  • On June 29, 2013
The trouble with this wine is that once drinkers find out about it you’ll be hard pressed to get it with just 450 dozen produced. My advice is don’t miss out as it’s a great, individual-styled wine. Author: Peter Chapman Source: Syndicated Queensland Papers Review Date: Saturday, June 29, 2013 Food: Pork Belly Rating: 95/100
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“It’s real cabernet” – 92 points – 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon

  • Posted by Terre à Terre Wines
  • On June 26, 2013
The name is a French expression for “down to earth”. This brand is a relative of Tapanappa wines in that it’s the project of Lucy Croser and Xavier Bizot, and is grown on a vineyard beside the Whalebone vineyard. It’s from Wrattonbully but it was made at the Tiers winery in the Adelaide Hills/Piccadilly Valley. […]
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“no ordinary Pinot Gris” – 92 points – 2009 Late Harvest

  • Posted by Terre à Terre Wines
  • On June 24, 2013
By pure chance I drove past the Terre à Terre vineyard just last week. After vineyard upon vineyard of quite traditionally shaped plots, the close planted rows and short stumpy vines were a rather welcome change of scenery. Fittingly, this is no ordinary Pinot Gris either, produced largely with late harvested, 5% botrytised Pinot Gris […]
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“This is classy Cabernet” – 93+ – 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon

  • Posted by Terre à Terre Wines
  • On June 23, 2013
Xavier Bizot and Lucy Croser’s seven hectare close-planted vineyard lies directly next door to the Tapanappa Whalebone vineyard in Wrattonbully, South Australia. The Cabernet Sauvignon vines were planted in 2004. Low fruiting wire is utilised – only 50cm above ground. This is classy Cabernet, make no mistake. It’s packed with rich Cassis flavour and structured […]
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long and lucious – 2012 Sauvignon Blanc – 95 points

  • Posted by Terre à Terre Wines
  • On May 7, 2013
Bright straw-green; continuing Terre à Terre’s tradition of exceptionally complex sauvignon blanc in a white Bordeaux mould; fermented in six 600-litre French oak casks plus 14 old barriques, and matured in those vessels for seven months, with three months of lees stirring. Literally coats the mouth, but is not phenolic, just long and luscious. Author: […]
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“I recommend you try it” – Jancis on our 2012 Pinot Gris Late Harvest

  • Posted by Terre à Terre Wines
  • On May 2, 2013
Hoopers Vineyard, picked on 13 Mar, 5% of botrytised grapes. Six months in old oak. Bottled in Oct 2012. RS 58 g/l. Really quite sweet! Not that concentrated and a little bitter on the finish. One of those medium sweet, light bodied wines that are a bit difficult to match with food. There are probably […]
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Kind words for our 2012 Sauv Blanc from the great Jancis Robinson

  • Posted by Terre à Terre Wines
  • On May 2, 2013
A great review from one of the worlds top palates – Jancis Robinson Distinctly firm, very fresh, fruity but not at all sweet tyle of Sauvignon with a certain mineral quality. I can’t think of any other Sauvignon Blanc that tastes like this – so much the better! Winemaker Xavier Bizot (of the Bollinger champagne […]
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“A new direction for Australian Sauvignon”

  • Posted by Terre à Terre Wines
  • On May 2, 2013
In the generic London tasting I found the Rieslings particularly good (surprise, surprise) and was glad to see evidence that current styles may be a little less austere than they have been in some recent vintages. I was also extremely impressed by a couple of Sauvignon Blancs. Shaw + Smith’s prowess with this fashionable variety […]
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Refreshing and complex – 94 points

  • Posted by Terre à Terre Wines
  • On April 23, 2013
The following review appeared in WBM’s April 2013 issue. From the Bizot vineyard in Piccadilly, Adelaide Hills, the wine is kept for eight months in barrel on lees, then a further 30 months in bottle on lees. It’s a rewarding sparkling wine for carry of flavour, pep and complexity. Refreshing and complex – a neat […]
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Sweet but spicy – 2012 Pinot Gris

  • Posted by Terre à Terre Wines
  • On April 13, 2013
It pays to read instructions – this has 5% botrytis infection, and it’s catching, so we drank on sans fruit or dessert. Sweet but spicy too. Very gewurtz. Author: Max Crus Source: Border Mail, Mail, etc. (syndicated) Review Date: Saturday, April 13, 2013 Rated: 8.8/10
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Full-flavoured white with attitude – 2012 Pinot Gris

  • Posted by Terre à Terre Wines
  • On April 10, 2013
Lots of life in the bottle with this full-flavoured white with attitude. Hints of spice finish over the top of sweet orange-blossom notes. Author: Peter Chapman Source: Daily Examiner and others Review Date: Wednesday, April 10, 2013 Food: Herb and spinach penne Rating: 94/100
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A very serious modern sauvignon – 2012 Terre à Terre Sauvignon Blanc

  • Posted by Terre à Terre Wines
  • On March 24, 2013
Xavier (Bizot, Terre à Terre winemaker) rates this as perhaps the finest Terre à Terre Sauvignon Blanc to date, the vintage conditions ‘almost ideal’. Most South Australian winemakers seems to love their ’12s actually, almost without exception, particularly for the reds. Early results looks pretty good too… Fermented in a range of older French barriques […]
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Down to Earth 2012 Sauv – 93 points – Get some

  • Posted by Terre à Terre Wines
  • On March 11, 2013
SEE that? Little Whitey just gave a Sauvignon blanc 93 points. Is he nuts? Make up your own mind, as you usually do. We could talk for a very, very long time about how a Champenoise Frenchman, Xavier Bizot, got to be making Sauvignon blanc in the young seabed geology of the south-east reach of […]
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2009 Cabernet Sauvignon – a classic example

  • Posted by Terre à Terre Wines
  • On March 1, 2013
Aged for 21 months in old oal, the wine was racked to a new 4,000L foudre (French Oak) where it was aged for a further 100 days before finally being bottled on the 18th of May 2011. The 2009 Terre à Terre Cabernet Sauvignon is a classic example of Cabernet Sauvignon from Wrattonbully, with a […]
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92+ from Jeremy Pringle

  • Posted by Terre à Terre Wines
  • On February 1, 2013
Another review from the online world. This one comes from Jeremy Pringle at Wine Will Eat Itself. The fruit for this Sparkling wine was sourced from a single vineyard in the higher, cooler slopes of the Piccadilly Valley. It spent time in old oak barrels and saw a total of 38 months on lees although […]
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2012 Sauvignon Blanc – Intriguing, 91+ points

  • Posted by Terre à Terre Wines
  • On January 31, 2013
The Terre à Terre label is brought to you by the husband and wife team of Xavier Bizot and Lucy Croser. This is the fourth release of their barrel fermented Sauvignon Blanc. A voluptuous wine with a creamy, toasty, tropical fruited nose. Luscious gooseberry and passionfruit with a line of grapefruit acidity running through those […]
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Two opinions on the 2012 Terre a Terre Sauvignon Blanc

  • Posted by Terre à Terre Wines
  • On January 17, 2013
Mike Bennie says: From the husband and wife combo of Xavier Bizot and Lucy Croser comes this lees aged, barrel fermented sauvignon blanc that comes off the same limestone ridge that the impressive Whalebone Vineyard is on in Wrattonbully. Interesting countryside up there, lots of native vegetation around – and like the Whalebone Vineyard the […]
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2012 Terre a Terre Sauvignon Blanc: Full Frontal Fruit

  • Posted by Terre à Terre Wines
  • On January 8, 2013
Full-frontal ripe fruit impacted with oak, making a definite statement. It has great herbal and lemon flavours and gob-smacking texture are all part of the intense experience it serves up. Author: Tony Love Source: Courier Mail, Daily Telegraph, Advertiser etc. Review Date: Tuesday, January 8, 2013 Rated: 4.5 Glasses Value: Special Food: Goat’s cheese tart
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Terre à Terre 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon 95/100

  • Posted by Terre à Terre Wines
  • On December 12, 2012
Tasted this last year and I was surprised how much this has grown after just another 12 months. Quality cab sav perfect for any dinner party. Author: Peter Chapman Source: Fraser Coast Chronicle, Daily Examiner etc. Review Date: Wednesday, December 12, 2012 Food: Beef caserole Rating: 95/100
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Drink Me! Terre a Terre Sauvignon Blanc 2012

  • Posted by Terre à Terre Wines
  • On December 10, 2012
Striving for a fuller sav blanc, Lucy Croser and husband Xavier Bizot had this Wrattonbully wine spend some time in French oak to avoid too much emphasis on passionfruit and grapefruit aromas. The result is an uncommonly fine sav – and there are only 700 dozen available. Source: Who Weekly Review Date: Monday, December 10, […]
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2012 Terre a Terre Sauvignon Blanc – 94 points

  • Posted by Terre à Terre Wines
  • On December 8, 2012
A lovely sav blanc from South Australia that may cost a little more but the extra dollars are worth it. Full on citrus, lemon with hints of French oak. Author: Mark Chapman Source: Daily Examiner, Daily Mercury, Gympie Times, Gladstone Observer etc Review Date: Saturday, December 8, 2012 Rating: 94/100 Food: Hervey Bay Scallops
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90 points / 4 stars GT Wine

  • Posted by Terre à Terre Wines
  • On November 23, 2012
The Nov/Dec issue of Gourmet Traveller WINE contains an extensive Champagne and sparkling tasting, featuring our 2009 Blanc de Blancs receiving 90 points and four stars. This places it comfortably in the top 10 Australian sparklings tasted for this article – a very pleasing result for a first release! The review text is as follows: […]
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2012 Terre a Terre Sauv Blanc – very stylish

  • Posted by Terre à Terre Wines
  • On November 20, 2012
The fourth release of this wine, I enjoyed it because of its unique and individual personality. Terre à Terre, which is French for ‘Down to Earth’ is a husband and wife wine business made up of Xavier Bizot and Lucy Croser. The fully ripened fruit for this wine was picked by hand. Unlike most savuignon […]
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Down to Earth Sauv makes Halliday’s Top 100 with 96 Points

  • Posted by Terre à Terre Wines
  • On November 17, 2012
Pale-straw green; an intense, focused wine Fermented in French oak barrels of various sizes and ages, purely a means of investing the wine with its extra structural dimensions and in no way inhibiting the display of lychee and ripe citrus/pineapple fruit. Top tier stuff. Author: James Halliday Source: The Weekend Australian Review Date: Saturday, November […]
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Four Stars – 2012 Down to Earth Sauv Blanc

  • Posted by Terre à Terre Wines
  • On October 10, 2012
Lucy Croser and Xavier Bizot producer Terre a Terre a quirky, barrel-fermented sauvignon blanc. But in 2012 they released Down to Earth, an unoaked wine from a vineyard planted in 2004. While all sauvignons tend to taste alike after a while, this one differentiates itself from the ubiquitous Marlborough versions. Principally, it feels softer and […]
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95 points from Huon Hooke

  • Posted by Terre à Terre Wines
  • On October 3, 2012
A great review of our 2009 Daosa from Huon Hooke. Medium straw-yellow colour. Toasty bouquet with some hints of burnt toast, some nutty barrel nuances, also meringue and candy. Rich and full in the mouth with eggy chardonnay and yeast interactions evident, and a fleshy, dense, concentrated palate flavour that lingers on well. Creamy and […]
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Top wine with bubbles – Andrew Graham reviews Daosa

  • Posted by Terre à Terre Wines
  • On October 3, 2012
The following review comes from Andrew Graham, via his online reviews site: Australian Wine Review. The original post can be found here: http://www.ozwinereview.com/2012/09/top-wine-with-bubbles-daosa-blanc-de.html. Strictly speaking, this sparkling is Xavier Bizot and Lucy Croser’s (of Terre à Terre) baby, the fruit drawn from a vineyard that Christian Bizot (head of Champagne Bollinger) himself helped plant. Considering, […]
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Line and length – 2012 Down to Earth Sauvignon Blanc

  • Posted by Terre à Terre Wines
  • On September 28, 2012
Down to Earth represents a more modern style of Sauvignon Blanc for the Terre à Terre team and the resultant wine shows typically Sauvignon Blanc aromatics with fresh tropical, bright, fruit coupled with notes of citrus and zest. More than just aroma, further interest has been added through the employment of time on lees and […]
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Down to Earth 2012 Sauvignon Blanc – worth tracking down

  • Posted by Terre à Terre Wines
  • On September 17, 2012
This wine from Wrattonbully, SA, is from a little outfit, Terre à Terre (translation: down-to-earth). It’s the first Down to Earth sauv blanc from Lucy Croser and husband Xavier Bizot, following on the heels of their highly acclaimed Terre à Terre sauv blanc. Worth tracking down. Source: Who Weekly Review Date: Monday, September 17, 2012
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Down to Earth 2012 Sauvignon Blanc – lives up to its name

  • Posted by Terre à Terre Wines
  • On September 15, 2012
Down to Earth for a wine isso clever on so many levels yet…so clichéd. Neither over the top nor under-achieving it lives up to it’s name. Author: Max Crus Source: Syndicated Review Date: Saturday, September 15, 2012 Rated: 8.3/10
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Down to Earth 2012 Sauv Blanc – Persistent and full of character

  • Posted by Terre à Terre Wines
  • On August 27, 2012
Some fine old wrattonbully action here from the Terre à Terre label of Lucy Croser and Xavier Bizot. They say keep it in the family and that’s what the Croser’s have done; shared the vineyard space, as this fruit hails from a next door plot to Brian Crosers famed Whalebone vineyard. It’s close planted, hand […]
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Drinking beautifully…94/100 – 2012 Down to Earth Sauvignon Blanc

  • Posted by Terre à Terre Wines
  • On August 25, 2012
A good early drinking sav blanc that is drinking beautifully already and will get even better if you can hold it for a year or two. Limited vintage showing great intensity of flavours. Author: Peter Chapman Source: Gympie Times, Gladstone Observer, Daily News, Queensland Times… Review Date: Saturday, August 25, 2012 Food: Burmese chicken curry […]
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Botrytis Pinot Gris gets 95 Points from James Halliday

  • Posted by Terre à Terre Wines
  • On July 17, 2012
Pale straw-bronze; a very classy wine; the grapes were fully ripe at the end of March with only 20% showing any botrytis; harvest took place on 28 April, with half the grapes still uninfected, 30% shrivelled and 20% fully botrytised. The fermentation was stopped at the right moment. Author: James Halliday Source: Australian Wine Companion […]
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Grapevine

  • Posted by Terre à Terre Wines
  • On July 12, 2012
Terre à Terre means down to earth and is situated at Wrattonbully on South Australia’s Limestone Coast. It is owned and operated by husband and wide team Xavier Bizot and Lucy Croser, names associated with some of the world’s great sparkling wines. Bizot is the son of Christian Bizot, the late great patriarch of French […]
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Just Desserts

  • Posted by Terre à Terre Wines
  • On February 1, 2012
This fruits and berries moment gets all the royal treatment with its sweet, custardy dressing and snow-like frosting, both adding richness while conversely highlighting the berries’ natural acids and zing. There’s so much colour and flavour that a sweet wine here can sit quietly in the background as long as its own sugars are neatly […]
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Exceptions to the rule – 2010 Sauvignon Blanc

  • Posted by Terre à Terre Wines
  • On January 1, 2012
Mike Bennie recently wrote an article for Men’s Style highlighting better versions of Sauvignon Blanc – those that are ‘carefully styled, artfully created, more complex wines that deliver great flavour and satisfaction.’ He featured three such Sauvignon Blancs including our own 2010 as follows: Terre à Terre Sauvignon Blanc 2010 An inherent minerality in the […]
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Terre à Terre Wrattonbully Pinot Gris – 17.8/92+

  • Posted by Terre à Terre Wines
  • On December 18, 2011
Sourced from the Hoopers vineyard – which is adjoining the Terre à Terre vineyard in Wrattonbully – the two rows of Pinot Gris that produced this fruit were historically grown with dry Pinot Gris production in mind. Xavier (Bizot, Terre à Terre winemaker) however saw the potential to make an Alsatian style botrytis Pinot Gris […]
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With dessert: Terre a Terre Botrytis Pinot Gris 2011

  • Posted by Terre à Terre Wines
  • On December 2, 2011
A very aromatic and pretty style from Wrattonbully in South Australia for those looking for a little more elegance in their dessert wines. Sweet pear, honey and blossom give way to a silky smooth palate finishing long and elegant. The kind of dessert wine that demands a second glass. Author: Angus Hughson Source: The Australian […]
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Terre a Terre 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon – seriously structured

  • Posted by Terre à Terre Wines
  • On November 30, 2011
Deepish red, purple tints. Eucalyptus/mint plus nut, spice and subtle oaky aromas, not yet fully settled, but clean and good quality. Same in mouth, where it has a load of tannin and tight grip on the finish. Needs food or time. A seriously structured wine that would be transformed by food, I suspect. Author: Huon […]
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2010 Terre à Terre Sauvignon Blanc: “Brilliant”

  • Posted by Terre à Terre Wines
  • On October 18, 2011
This is another excellent sauvignon blanc from the more complex end of the pool, showing ripe tropical fruits and hints of citrus peel melding nicely with grilled nuts and savoury biscuit aromas; ripe dark-leaf herbs too. The palate’s concise and complex, really smoothly worked up in the winery; fresh and crisp to close. Brilliant. Author: […]
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It’s a Stunner – Terre à Terre 2010 Sauvignon Blanc

  • Posted by Terre à Terre Wines
  • On August 22, 2011
The third vintage of the beautiful wine is a stunner. If you want to change your perspective regarding sauvignon blanc, this is the way to do it. The winemaking includes bigger and older oak barrels with lots of hands-on detailing to develop a complex white style, a touch of flint and amazing texture in the […]
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Terre à Terre Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 “The pick of this lineup”

  • Posted by Terre à Terre Wines
  • On August 10, 2011
Extended (2 weeks) cold maceration post ferment. 21 months in oak, 100 days (exactly) in a 4,000L foudre. Close spaced (1.5m x 1.5m) plantings. The real deal. Such attention to detail makes this wine. Real deal indeed. Lovely vibrant voilet/red colour and lighter than anything else in the lineup. Immediately more vibrant on the nose […]
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Wrattonbully Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 – 94 points

  • Posted by Terre à Terre Wines
  • On August 5, 2011
Light but bright crimson; a vibrantly fresh, light- to medium-bodied wine with a very particular juicy, tactile character to the palate, at least in part due to the sophisticated fermentation and oak maturation (for two years) techniques employed. Vive la difference. Author: James Halliday Source: Australian Wine Companion Review Date: Friday, August 5, 2011 Rating: […]
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2010 Sauvignon Blanc gets 95 from James Halliday’s WIne Companion

  • Posted by Terre à Terre Wines
  • On July 25, 2011
Following up from the fantastic result last year, the 2010 Sauvignon Blanc has received 95 points and 5 glasses in the latest edition of the Australian Wine Companion. Terre à Terre has also maintained its 5 star winery status. A very pleasing result overall. Here is the full text of the review: Has all the […]
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91+ from the Wine Front for the 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon

  • Posted by Terre à Terre Wines
  • On July 20, 2011
Close-planted cabernet vines planted in soil that rests on a shelf of 37 million year old limestone. This is Wrattonbully region cabernet. Decent cabernet. Plump with curranty fruit but fine and tannic through the finish. Good balance. Dusty edges. Tannin builds as it breathes. Signs of vanillin oak in the background. Would expect this to […]
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Wine with Winsor – Savvy Idea

  • Posted by Terre à Terre Wines
  • On April 23, 2011
This is the second cracking vintage [2010] in a row of a wine that stakes a claim to be among Australia’s best sauvignon blancs. Made from fruit grown at Wrattonbully in South Australia, it is a beautifully textured wine with more complexity than many of its cousins thanks to six months aging on lees. It […]
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Sauvignon Blanc 2010 – 18/93 Points

  • Posted by Terre à Terre Wines
  • On February 28, 2011
The third release of this oak aged Sauvignon Blanc and it’s built in a similar (clever) vein to last year. Again it has seen 6 months in large/old oak with regular lees stirring along the way. Whilst it has been made in a similar fashion to the 2009 it looks a little riper and fuller […]
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Sauvignon Blanc 2010 – 4 Stars

  • Posted by Terre à Terre Wines
  • On February 28, 2011
Ah, no, not another bloody sauv blanc. Whoa, hold on. Wow. This is Lucy Croser and Xavier Bizot’s Australian take on a sauvignon-blanc style made by leading small makers in Sancerre, France. Its barrel fermented and matured in a way that builds texture and body and mutes varietal exuberance while retaining exciting acid-driven vivacity. Terre […]
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Terre à Terre 2010 Sauvignon Blanc – 94 points

  • Posted by Terre à Terre Wines
  • On February 8, 2011
From a close planted vineyard in Wrattonbully, comes this fascinating barrel fermented Sauvignon Blanc. It just came in today – I’m feeling LIFO. Grapefruit, subdued pineapple frivolity, along with cinnamon and vanilla spice, smoke and hint of capsicum – it’s all going on here. Intense, focussed and citric combining balanced acidity with mildly abrasive grippy […]
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2009 Terre à Terre Sauvignon Blanc – 96 Points

  • Posted by Terre à Terre Wines
  • On November 9, 2010
One of the most interesting white wines seen in the past year, Xavier Bizot and Lucy Croser (son in law and daughter of Brian) have crafted a distinctiveive style here, the grapes fermented and matured in French barrels with a huge kick of flavour and minerally texture resulting. Small quantities; the 2010 has just arrived […]
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95 Points and Two Glasses

  • Posted by Terre à Terre Wines
  • On October 31, 2010
A complex barrel-fermented sauvignon that borrows from old and new-world winemaking; the resulting wine is complex and layered sauvignon with plenty of interest. Lemon and grapefruit rule the nose, ahead of gentle tropicals and nutty, oak-derived complexity. The palate has bright acid attack and wraps lemon-pith and grilled-nut flavours long, straight and true. Author: Nick […]
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2009 Sauvignon Blanc – 96 Points

  • Posted by Terre à Terre Wines
  • On May 31, 2010
A fascinating wine from a close-planted (1.5 m x 15 m) French clone vineyard, hand picked, crushed and cold-settled before fermentation in two French 600-litre barrels (one new, one second use) and 11 older French barriques, then matured in barrel for nine months, lees stirred every two weeks; the sheer intensity of the wine is […]
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2009 Sauvignon Blanc – 4 1/2 Stars

  • Posted by Terre à Terre Wines
  • On May 3, 2010
Made by French winemaker Xavier Bizot, this sauvignon from Wrattonbully in southern South Australia has a distinctly Gallic feel. From close-planted vines, the grapes were fermented and aged on lees in an assortment of French oaks. The result is subtle, nutty and complex, with subdued herby fruit and oak in perfect harmony. It’s dry, savoury, […]
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Wine of the Week – 2009 Sauvignon Blanc

  • Posted by Terre à Terre Wines
  • On April 7, 2010
Who would have thought that a wine from Wrattonbully under a new label would be perhaps the most interesting savvy in Australia? This is a very impressive wine from the husband-and-wife team of Xavier Bizot and Lucy Croser; very textural in a fumé style with some wonderful complexity and sensible alcohol levels (12.7%). Unsurprisingly, and […]
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18 (93) points – 2009 Sauvignon Blanc

  • Posted by Terre à Terre Wines
  • On March 24, 2010
This is so new that the website isn’t even operational yet. It’s a product of Xavier Bizot, the thoughtful French winemaker who drives, along with wife Lucy, the superstar-in-the-making wine brand Tapanappa and after the slightly sour and neutral Reschke, the welcome textural whirl works a treat here. Personality wise, this wine shows its Franco-Australian […]
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