The Down to Earth Sauvignon Blanc is the little brother of our Terre à Terre Sauvignon Blanc.
This is the tenth release of our Down to Earth Sauvignon Blanc from our close-spaced Crayères Vineyard. The wine is vinified in two separate parcels, one in stainless steel and the remainder in large old oak barrels. The 2021 vintage is a perfectly balanced Sauvignon Blanc, with stone fruit characters, great persistence of flavours and classic Sauvignon Blanc raciness. It will benefit from bottle ageing, gaining some complexity with age.
The Crayères vineyard is located at the top of a north-south limestone ridge in Wrattonbully, one of Australia’s most exciting regions. The clay rich Terra Rossa top-soil, characteristic of the area, promotes nutrient uptake while the underlying limestone is a reserve of moisture for the vines. The Sauvignon Blanc was planted on rootstocks in 2004 using the F4V6 and H5V10 “Australian” clones on 101-14 rootstocks, at a relatively high density for the area (4,444 vines per hectare with 1.5m wide rows), which means more km2 of canopy per hectare, and better fruit exposure. The fruiting wire is only 50cm above ground which provides extra ripeness for the vines in this cool climate region. In 2013, a further 0.7 hectare was planted on the same spacing with ENTAV-905 clone on 101-14 rootstocks.
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