Terre á Terre is a winery that needs to be on your wine radar. While it has some serious pedigree behind it, including leading wine families from Australia and France, it is what is in the bottle that most impresses in wines from the Adelaide Hills and Wrattonbully. Where is Wrattonbully – well I am glad you asked.
Wrattonbully sits in the South Eastern corner of South Australia. It is near Coonawarra although a bit further inland and is planted on similar soils. So think of it as Coonawarra after a few months at the gym making firmer, more muscular red wines. It is a quality wine region that has already shown its ability to make long-lived reds.
The Terre á Terre Cabernet vineyard was planted in 2004 and is now seriously starting to come into its own – the 2016 vintage being the best yet. Classic mid to deep ruby for classy Cabernet, it shows layers of cassis, graphite and pencil shavings fruits but backed by that savoury baked earth of Wrattonbully. It’s big, it’s bold, it’s dry and deeply structured – flavour dialled up to the maximum but also with incredible balance of tannins. It is potentially a classic Australian red in the making and superb value – get some.