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When someone does a Cab Franc right, it can be a magical drinking experience. This is one of those experiences.
The Terre à Terre Cabernet Franc is a bright and enchanting version of the variety. After a long, slow ripening vintage the, 2014 fruit from their Wrattonbully is now singing from the bottle.
Think of it as Cabernet Sauvignon’s demure, seductive cousin and you ae heading in the right direction.
With 94 points from both Gary Walsh and Andrew Graham, this is one of the country’s best examples of this much loved but often overlooked variety.
What It Tastes Like
“It’s a rare bird all right, and a beautiful one too. Redcurrant, floral perfume, signature sweet grassiness of Franc, gentle sweetly spiced oak in support. Medium bodied, crisp and precise, subtly herbal, perfumed red fruit with hazelnut richness to bring it home. Lovely settled acidity, fine almost gummy tannin, and a long fresh strawberried finish with suave grainy tannin teasing it out. Emphatic approval on all fronts here. Great drink. High interest.” - Gary Walsh (The Wine Front)
94 points. “It’s a brave, and wholly admirable thing to release a Cabernet Franc dominant wine. I wish there were more of them.
It’s a rare bird all right, and a beautiful one too. Redcurrant, floral perfume, signature sweet grassiness of Franc, gentle sweetly spiced oak in support. Medium bodied, crisp and precise, subtly herbal, perfumed red fruit with hazelnut richness to bring it home. Lovely settled acidity, fine almost gummy tannin, and a long fresh strawberried finish with suave grainy tannin teasing it out. Emphatic approval on all fronts here. Great drink. High interest.”
- Gary Walsh (The Wine Front)
94 points “Deep red ruby, the nose shows that welcome hint of Franc herbs and black leaf alongside redcurrant and a little cinnamon. Very Franc! Quite pretty too. Bright and energetic palate has light red fruit, a background splash of vanilla oak and then a warming, spicy finish, the vibrancy so appealing and then filled out with fine, biting tannins. There’s just a little alcohol warmth on the tail, but it’s not enough to derail that flow of spicy, ‘I’ve been to St Emilion and bought the t-shirt’ red and occasionally black fruit. Nice wine indeed and will fill out further with another few years in bottle. Big fan. Best drinking: 2018-2026. 18.5/20, 94/100. 14.3%, $39. Would I buy it? I’d like a few bottles for sure just to see watch it mature.”
- Andrew Graham (Australian Wine Review)
The Terre à Terre Cabernet Franc was first produced in 2014. The 2014 growing season was very challenging to start with cool and humid weather around flowering and severe heatwaves in January and early February; however, the growing season finished with very mild and warm conditions, with on average 6 weeks between véraison and harvest for all varieties. The Heat Degree Days summation (calculated as the sum of the monthly daily mean minus 10°C for the months of October to April included) was estimated at 1,414 degree days, which is lower than the average for Saint Emilion (1,530 degree days). One striking feature of the 2014 vintage was a very good and uniform set in all varieties, leading to a very harmonious and slow ripening at the end of the season. As a result, the fruit had great colour and amazing tannins and flavours. The fruit was handpicked on the 8th of April 2014 and was of excellent quality.
Closure: Screw Cap
Bottle Size: 750ml
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