Terre à Terre is proud to present its seventh release of barrel fermented Sauvignon Blanc coming from its close spaced Crayères Vineyard in Wrattonbully, South Australia.
The 2017 vintage was a slightly warmer than average vintage. Unlike 2015 and 2016, it was a late vintage, budburst finished late October 2016, and flowering was in full bloom by mid December 2016. The fruit was hand harvested four weeks later than 2016, on the 22nd of March 2017 from the western part of the vineyard and it was whole bunch pressed and fermented in four 600L demi-muids where it was fermented at low temperatures.
After 10 days of fermentation, the wine was left on lees for one month without sulphur, with no bâtonnage. It was then lightly sulphured in the demi-muids where it stayed for a further nine months on full lees with lees stirring every two months. The wine did not go through malolactic fermentation to ensure that a crisp acidity balances the significant texture. It was bottled mid January 2018.
The 2017 vintage was perfect and the white wines are stunning: our Terre à Terre Sauvignon Blanc has the characteristics of this vintage, with some very classic fruit flavours and very good texture, length and acidity. The 13-year-old vines from the Crayères Vineyard are showing their potential to produce world-class fine wines of delicate texture, balanced acidity, flavours and alcohol and very good length and complexity. A fine Vineyard Parcellaire wine.
Just 360 cases of 6 were produced.
Winemaker: Xavier Bizot
Tasting note: PDF File