Terre à Terre is proud to present its third release of Cabernet Sauvignon coming from its close spaced Cabernet Sauvignon vineyard in Wrattonbully, South Australia.
The 2012 vintage was a striking difference with 2011. Minimal intervention was required in the vineyard and overall it was a warm vintage without any severe heatwaves, similar to 2010. The fruit was harvested on the 20th of March 2012 and was of excellent quality.
The fruit was transported back to the Tiers winery in the Piccadilly Valley (Adelaide Hills) before it was crushed and destemmed. The must was cold settled for 2 days in our Potter fermenters, with pumping over of must at least once a day during fermentation to favour tannin and colour extraction, and to control temperature. The wine was then pressed off skins and racked to 4-year old French oak barriques where it went through malolactic fermentation.
After 7 months ageing in old oak, the wine was racked to one-year old 4,000L foudre (French oak) where it was aged for a further 13 months before finally being bottled on the 23rd of January 2014.
The 2012 release of Terre à Terre Cabernet is a classic example of Cabernet Sauvignon from the South East, the depth of the fruit flavours is matched by excellent tannin structure. Exemplary aromas of blackcurrant juice with scents of sage and five-spice then lead to a very structured mouthfeel and firm tannin on the finish. It is a great Australian cabernet with a nice French twist.
Only 460 dozen were produced for the 2012 vintage.
Winemaker: Xavier Bizot