The first release of Botrytis is made with late harvested Sauvignon Blanc from our close-spaced Crayères Vineyard.
The 2021 Terre à Terre Crayères Vineyard Botrytis is a first release. Vintage 2021 offered perfect conditions to make a botrytis wine, so after harvesting the majority of our Crayères Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc in late February 2021 we left some fruit on the eastern part of the vineyard. We harvested this fruit three months later on 25th of May 2021 with 60% clean late harvested fruit, 30% shrivelled fruit, and 10% botrytis. We fermented and aged the wine in tank and tried to retain the very intense pure flavours from the late harvested and botrytised fruit.
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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