Terre à Terre is proud to present its first release of Blanc (white) coming from its close spaced Crayères vineyard in Wrattonbully, South Australia.
The 2015 vintage was rather early for our Sauvignon Blanc vines. Budburst finished late September 2014, and flowering was in full bloom by mid November. The fruit for the Terre à Terre Blanc was hand harvested on the 24th of February 2015. It was harvested in smaller slotted bins and transported in refrigerated trucks to the winery in the Piccadilly Valley, which allowed for the first time to whole-bunch press the fruit. It was then chilled in a cold room overnight before being whole-bunch pressed. After cold settling for 19 days in a stainless steel tank, it fermented in one new 3,000L French oak foudre.
After 3 months of very slow alcoholic fermentation in the foudre, the wine had 7g/L of residual sugar based on our rough analysis and the wine was racked, and lightly sulphured, to an older 2,000L French oak foudre, where it stayed for another 5 months. It was bottled on the 7th of January 2016.
The Blanc is a very unique wine – an off-dry style with some complexity derived from the later harvest of very ripe and clean fruit and from the very slow fermentation in new oak. The ripe citrus flavours come through on the mid-palate, the pristine acidity balances the light sweetness, and the fruit lingers on the palate.
Pre-bottling analysis: Alcohol: 13.8%v/v, pH=3.25, TA= 6.7g/L, Residual Sugar = 5.82g/L, VA= 0.46g/L
Just 230 dozen were produced.
Winemaker: Xavier Bizot
Tasting note: PDF file