Terre à Terre is proud to present its fifth release of Cabernet Sauvignon coming from its very unique close-spaced vineyard in Wrattonbully, South Australia.
The 2014 growing season was very challenging to start with cool and humid weather around flowering and severe heatwaves in January and early February; however, the growing season finished with very mild and warm conditions, with on average 6 weeks between véraison and harvest for all varieties. The Heat Degree Days summation (calculated as the sum of the monthly daily mean minus 10°C for the months of October to April included) was estimated at 1,414 degree days, which is lower than the average for Saint Emilion (1,530 degree days). One striking feature of the 2014 vintage was a very good and uniform set in all varieties, leading to a very harmonious and slow ripening at the end of the season. As a result, the fruit had great colour and amazing tannins and flavours. The fruit was handpicked on the 8th and the 9th of April 2014 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 fermented in small 1-tonne fermenters, with plunging twice daily. After 21 days fermentation and maceration, the must was pressed off skins and racked to a 1-year-old 4,000L foudre (French oak) where it aged for 12 months. The wine was then racked to another 1-year-old, 4,000L foudre (French oak) and aged for a final 6 months. After a very light egg fining in foudre, the wine was racked one more time before bottling without filtration on the 3rd of December 2015. 5% Cabernet Franc from the Crayères vineyard was added to the blend before bottling.
The 2014 release of Terre à Terre Cabernet shows a tantalising glimpse of the true potential of the Crayères single vineyard, which is just now starting to approach maturity. It is a classic example of Cabernet Sauvignon from the Limestone Coast, with exemplary cassis fruit flavours. Where the 2013 was displaying unique and ripe blackberry fruit and tannins, the 2014 is textbook bright-cassis fruit flavours and a more linear tannin profile.
Only 450 dozen were produced.
Winemaker: Xavier Bizot
Tasting note: PDF file