Terre a Terre Crayeres Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc 2019

  • 94 points
  • Price: $50
  • Drink: 2020 - 2028

There’s a deliberate and fussy winemaking mindset behind this excellent example of sauvignon blanc that stands far apart and above more commercial versions which reek of lantana bush, green herbals and over the top tropical fruits (as well as demonstrative cash-flow).

Here we have a properly respectful, slow-food kind of approach to the variety – on top of all the specific work in the Wrattonbully vineyard by vigneron Xavier Bizot, in the winery whole bunch pressing, lengthy cold settling, fermentation and maturation on lees in large, old oak casks, as well as a lengthy period of integration in the bottle before release bring into focus a distinctive region/ vineyard and winemaking style. The aromatics are subtle, promising more temperate climate ripe fruit notes with flavours that stretch from granny smith and custard apple, limes and more savoury fennel and bay leaf. The texture and length are delightfully crafted as well. This is sauvignon blanc with heaps of intellectual and gastronomic interest, and also the complexity to develop cleverly over 5 years and more.

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