This year, Xavier Bizot & Lucy Croser have made the decision to rationalise the Terre à Terre range to a trio of red blends (and a Sauvignon Blanc). This Terre à Terre Crayeres Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Shiraz 2018 is, for mine, the best-balanced wine under the label yet.
A blend of 62% Cabernet, 27% Shiraz and 1% Cab Franc that tastes remarkably different to the wines before it. Brighter, cooler and more even-handed. The oak is a vanilla bean presence throughout (21% new oak) but it is a presence rather than a dominant factor. A real joyousness to the fruit and lovely tannins though – Wrattonbully is meant to be classy and bright like this. Potential unlocked.
Best drinking: I’d wait a few years really. Maybe 5. Then it will drink well for twenty plus, especially under screwcap. 18.5/20, 94/100. 14.5%, $50. Terre à Terre website. Would I buy it? I’ll take a bottle thanks.
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How difficult is it for a winemaker to get their wines in to retail land?
I’m sure they want to, but I continually get the impression its quite a battle, so they resign themselves to Cellar Door sales only.
I continually read reviews (sorry not just in these parts) and think, I’ll grab a bottle of that and give it a try. Only to find its not available in retail land, and most distributors I’ve spoken to in my pursuit don’t even know they’re the distributor!!!
Id just like to walk into a retail outlet, any retail outlet, and buy a bottle of the reviewed wine….just one bottle.