The 2021 Terre à Terre Crayères Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc is the Thirteenth 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 excellence of the 2021 vintage explains the purity of the wine. A unique expression of Sauvignon Blanc, proof that it is a noble grape variety.
2021 provided perfect growing conditions in Wrattonbully, with good early Spring rainfall, warm and dry November and very mild post veraison weather conditions compared to long term average. 2021 will be a classic vintage for Wrattonbully, in line with 2019 and 2020. Rainfall was 87% of average for the growing season. Post-veraison temperatures were much cooler than average, helping to slow down the ripening process and building up flavour in the berries.
Our Sauvignon Blanc was hand-picked at perfect flavour ripeness on the 26th of February 2021. Severe bunch thinning kept yields low, concentrating flavour. The fruit was chilled for two days before whole-bunch pressed. After three weeks cold-settling in a stainless-steel tank, the juice was fermented in eight old 600L French oak demi-muids (Vosges and Allier). The wine was then aged in demi-muids for eight months on full lees with no bâtonnage, then racked to stainless steel and left to settle for a month before being bottled in January 2022.
The Crayères vineyard is located at the top of a north-south limestone ridge in Wrattonbully, one of Australia’s most exciting regions. This vineyard has been baptised the Crayères Vineyard after the chalk cellars in Xavier’s region of birth in Champagne, France because of the natural limestone caves found underneath the vineyard. 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. The fruit from the western part of the vineyard is retained for our Crayères Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc.
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