Listed in James Halliday’s Top 100 Wines of 2020
Terre à Terre is proud to present the eleventh release of Sauvignon Blanc from our close-planted vineyard in Wrattonbully, South Australia.
The 2018 vintage was ripe and with very intense fruit characters: our Terre à Terre Sauvignon Blanc has the characteristics of this vintage, with some very classic fruit flavours and very good texture and depth.
We follow the example of top Bordeaux and Sancerre producers who use large old oak to make their white wines. Fermentation in oak provides body and texture, and negates any of the tropical characters which are so common in Sauvignon Blanc from Australia and New Zealand. It is one of the only Australian Sauvignon Blancs that can be aged.
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.