The Terre à Terre Cabernet Sauvignon is produced every year from our 3-hectare Cabernet Block on the western flank of the Terre à Terre single vineyard. Ever since our first vintage in 2009, the fruit from our low-trellised and close-spaced single vineyard has displayed amazing tannin structure which can be tasted in the berries. From the first vintage, we decided to use big oak barrels (foudre) which are used in Barolo to age their high tannin Nebbiolos, and which were also used by Penfolds to make their St Henri wines in the 1970s.
Each year, the harvested fruit is fermented in stainless steel Potter fermenters, including cold maceration, for a total period of 3 to 4 weeks. The must is then pressed off skins and racked into barrels for malolactic fermentation, before being racked to 4,000L French oak foudre. The wine is aged in oak for a total period of 18-24 months, depending on the vintage.
The Terre à Terre Cabernet Sauvignon always displays very unique oak characters that mellow the edges of the very structured wine. The flavours are typical of Limestone Coast Cabernet Sauvignon, with cassis (blackcurrant) and spices. We anticipate that the wine will age very well in the long term.