2020 Terre à Terre Crayères Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc

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The 2020 Terre à Terre Crayères Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc is the twelfth release of this Australian classic. The fruit is hand harvested from our close spaced Crayères Vineyard and whole bunch pressed before being fermented in large old oak demi-muids (600L). The very low yields of the 2020 vintage explain the concentration and persistence of flavours, improved by the oak texture. A unique expression of Sauvignon Blanc, proof that it is a noble grape variety.

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The 2020 Terre à Terre Crayères Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc is the twelfth release of this Australian classic. The fruit is hand harvested from our close spaced Crayères Vineyard and whole bunch pressed before being fermented in large old oak demi-muids (600L). The very low yields of the 2020 vintage explain the concentration and persistence of flavours, improved by the oak texture. A unique expression of Sauvignon Blanc, proof that it is a noble grape variety.

2020 was a mild vintage, with heat summations close to long term average. Rainfall was 76% of average for the growing season, with some rainfall and cool weather around flowering and fruitset having a significant impact on yields. Post-veraison temperatures were cooler than average, helping to slow down the ripening process and building up flavour in the berries. In a few words, it is similar to 2019, but even better.

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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”.

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