Following closely after the superb Cabernet Sauvignon Shiraz comes another revelatory release. This Terre à Terre Crayères Vineyard Cabernet Franc Shiraz 2018 is a blend of 63% Cab Franc to 37% Shiraz, all sourced from Wrattonbully. Matured in 14% new barrique and finished off in older foudre. 1050 cases produced.
Glossy and bright fruited, the oak a background choc milk contrast, the palate smooth, round and with a real bright red fruit resonance. I’m loving this new, vibrant direction. Milky oak is just a little dominant, but the silken texture is very nice, as are the finessed tannins. Smart wine that will only unfurl more in bottle (and such a contrast to previous vintages). Well priced too.
Best drinking: now to fifteen plus years. 18/20, 93/100. 14.5%, $32. Terre a Terre website. Would I buy it? Well worth a bottle at this price.
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