Terre à Terre is proud to present its second release of Crayères Vineyard Reserve coming from its very unique close-spaced vineyard in Wrattonbully, South Australia and made from Cabernet Sauvignon (60%), Shiraz (20%) and Cabernet Franc (20%).
The 2015 growing season started early, with dry and mild weather favouring slow but very good flowering and fruit set in all varieties. For the red varieties, véraison was slow after an early start. The Crayères vineyard did not experience any severe heatwaves in 2015, apart from a couple of days reaching close to a maximum of 40 degrees in January and in February. Both months were quite warm on average. The red varieties enjoyed very mild weather from véraison to harvest (all our red varieties had 8 to 9 weeks from véraison to harvest). 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 1,522 degree days, which is the average for Saint-Emilion (1,530 degree days). The slow ripening 2015 growing season was excellent for all our red varieties. As a result, the fruit had great colour and amazing tannins and flavours. The Shiraz was handpicked on 17 March 2015, followed by the Cabernet Franc on 25 March 2015 and the Cabernet Sauvignon on 29 and 30 March 2015. The fruit was of excellent quality.
The fruit was transported back to the Tapanappa winery in the Piccadilly Valley (Adelaide Hills) before it was crushed and destemmed. The must was fermented in Potter fermenters for the Shiraz and the Cabernet Sauvignon and in one-tonne fermenters for the Cabernet Franc. After fermentation and maceration, the must was pressed off skins and each vareitey was racked and aged in French oak barrels (average of 75% new oak) where they aged for 8 months. The Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz were then racked to 4,000L foudres (French oak) and aged for a final 14 months, the Cabernet franc stayed in barrels. After a very light egg fining in foudres and barrels, we decided on the blending proportions for each variety and selected the best barrels for the Crayères Vineyard Reserve. The wines were racked one more time in the blending tank, before bottling without filtration late February 2017.
The Crayères Vineyard Reserve is made each vintage by blending the best components of the Crayères Vineyard. 2015 was an excellent vintage for all varieties. This wine will have a great potential for ageing, and is still in its youth.
Only 800 x 6-packs were produced.
Winemaker: Xavier Bizot
Tasting Note: PDF file