Terre à Terre Crayères Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Shiraz 2019

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The classic Aussie blend, this time 50% Cabernet Sauvignon and 48% Shiraz, with a dollop of 2% Cabernet Franc. This is the second release of this wine, although there have been plenty of Cab-dominant wines from the team in previous vintages. It was crushed and destemmed before being transferred to potter fermenters and smaller open-top fermenters. After malolactic fermentation, the wine spent eight months in French barrels, 39% new, before being transferred to older 4,000-litre French foudres for another 11 months. 2,000 six-packs. 

Deep red, this opens with some leafy Cabernet notes, with dry herbs, dark berries, tobacco leaf and soft leather. There is good focus here with lots of grip and tannins plus a very long finish. This is definitely one for the cellar. Give it time and it will reward.

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