2014 Terre à Terre Crayères Vineyard Reserve

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The Crayères Vineyard Reserve was first made in 2014 using the best parcels of Cabernet Sauvignon from our estate vineyard and blending in 5% Cabernet Franc. The relatively cool 2014 vintage is the first release of this wine. It is a restrained and elegant wine, with exemplary tannin structure and classic cassis flavours. It requires decanting.

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 Cabernet Sauvignon was planted on rootstocks in 2004 using the Reynella and CW44 clones, 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 Cabernet Franc vines were planted in 2008 at the same density, using Australian clones on rootstocks. The fruiting wire is only 50cm above ground which provides extra ripeness for the vines in this cool climate region.

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