Terre à Terre Sauvignon Blanc Wrattonbully 2017

This is a lovely sauvignon blanc from Terre à Terre in Wrattonbully. It’s from a closely planted (1.5m x 1.5m spacing) vineyard and fermented in old French oak before ageing in barrel for 8 months. In the glass, there are aromatics of meal, together with gooseberry and lemons. The palate has fresh, racy acidity and […]

Terre à Terre Shiraz Wrattonbully 2016

Labelled as shiraz, this is in fact a blend of 88% shiraz and 12% cabernet franc. I cannot easily think of where this blend might otherwise appear in the world. It opens to an aroma of game, clove, plums and spice. The palate is full fruited, with cedar undertones (oak is 10% new). Rating: Good. […]

Terre à Terre Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

This Terre à Terre wine is from the Crayères vineyard in Wrattonbully, north of Coonawarra. It has aromas of cedar, earth and red fruits and that Coonawarra “ferrous” character. The palate has long length and terrific balance. An impressive release, this wine can be approached now but should improve with 5 to 8 years in […]

Terre à Terre Cabernet Franc 2016

This is the most serious and high quality expression of Australian cabernet franc that I have tasted. The wine is from Terre à Terre in Wrattonbully, near Coonawarra and the border between South Australia and Victoria. The soil here is terra rossa limestone and the vineyard is known as the Crayères. This is a region […]

A couple of South Australian sangioveses; Hollick Hollaia 2004 and Reillys Sangiovese 2013

Here are a couple of local sangiovese wines tasted recently.  Sangiovese is a variety that I don’t think has yet produced a great wine in Australia.  But these two examples are very good. Hollick Hollaia Sangiovese Cabernet Sauvignon 2004, WrattonbullyThis wine was bottled under screwcap and has matured wonderfully in the cellar.  A blend of […]