The third release of Terre à Terre’s Wrattonbully Cabernet Sauvignon and the wine has never looked better. Talk about hitting the ground running. I’m aware that the word minerality carries a lot of baggage and is amorphous – for me, poetic slippage between shape, texture and flavour with an overwhelmingly positive loading – but quite simply it’s what I believe this wine possesses in spades.
Form and composition are the first aspects to excite. Said mineral definition and lucidity. Finessed tannins are tight, assertive and long. Cedar, cigar leaf, black and red currants, eucalypt and lavender mouth perfume. Very subtle clove spice and a hint of shaving foam. The acidity imparts freshness and light without distancing itself from the flavour. The alcohol shows a bit too keenly on the finish which is otherwise long and gratifying. Quite a number of years off what I believe will be its peak drinking window. I’d be going long on this myself. 93+
Tasted: June 2014