The Terre à Terre Blanc is our experimental late harvested Sauvignon Blanc from our Crayères Vineyard.
The Terre à Terre Blanc is a very unique wine – an off-dry style with some complexity derived from the later harvest of very ripe and clean fruit, and from slow fermentation in new oak. The ripe citrus flavours come through on the mid-palate, the pristine acidity balances the light sweetness, and the fruit lingers on the palate.
This vineyard has been baptised the Crayères Vineyard, after the chalk cellars that are found throughout Xavier’s region of birth in Champagne, France. Similar natural structures are found underneath this very special vineyard, and they are now the subject of a research project led by a team from the University of Adelaide as they are full of undisturbed ancient fossilised remains.
The Crayères vineyard is located next to Tapanappa’s Whalebone Vineyard, at the top of a north-south limestone ridge in Wrattonbully, one of Australia’s most exciting regions. The Terra Rossa top-soil is characteristic of the area. This part of the vineyard was planted on rootstocks in 2008, using cuttings from the neighbouring Whalebone Vineyard and French clones, and at a relatively high density for the area (4,444 vines per hectare, similar to the density of vineyards in Saint Emilion). The fruiting wire is only 50cm above ground, which is why the local vignerons call the vines the “low vines”.
Read more about the Crayères Vineyard.