Release Date: Friday 31st of July
The Terre à Terre Crayères Vineyard Reserve is produced every year by blending the best of the vintage from our unique Crayères vineyard.
“The whole is always greater than the sum of the parts.”
A blend of the best of the Crayères vineyard, decided after one year in barrel. The Crayères Vineyard Reserve will always be more representative of the terroir (i.e. the interaction between the soil, the climate and the varieties as orchestrated by the vigneron) than of the varieties that make up the vineyard (Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz and Cabernet Franc.)
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.