Patrick Eckel: “sure to reward patience”


Author: Patrick Eckel
Review Date: October 12, 2018

Terre à Terre Crayères Vineyard Reserve 2015


The wine is a blend of Cabernet 60% , 20% Shiraz and 20% Cabernet Franc that is aged in 75% new oak for 6 months prior to 15 months in 5 year old demi muids prior to bottling and ageing in bottle for a further 18 months.

I think the pricing is slowly catching up to the status of this wine. If I was to back a future Australian Icon this would be it. There is an incredibly talented winemaker (Xavier Bizot), and a region (Wrattonbully) but in particular a vineyard (Crayeres) that is just coming into its own.

Mulberry and blackberry fruit slip seamlessly into a web of dark chocolate, violets and cigar box spice on the nose.There is a generous graphite laden backbone of tannin that is savoury and underwrites the wines future development whilst maintaining an elegance of fuller black fruits that are accentuated with fresh earth; the impact of quality French oak provides a sheath of richness across the mid palate.

The finish layers dark fruits against sweeter oak inputs and bitter dark chocolate, a wine worth every dollar and is sure to reward patience.

Rated: 97 points

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