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Terre à Terre

P.O. Box 3128, 5061 Piccadilly
15 Spring Gully Road, 5151 Piccadilly
Telephone +61 8 7324-5300
Fax +61 8 8272-5734

This company is co-exhibitor of
Wine Australia

Hall map

ProWein 2018 hall map (Hall 9): stand F06

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ProWein 2018 fairground map: Hall 9


Alissia Durbridge

Sales & Export Manager

+61 (0) 476 191 683


Xavier Bizot


+61 (0) 400 700 447


Our range of products

Product categories

  • 01  Wines (according to cultivable areas)
  • 01.06  OCEANIA
  • 01.06.01  Australia
  •  South Australia
  •  Adelaide Hills

Our products

Product category: Wrattonbully

Down to Earth Sauvignon Blanc 2017

The grapes for our Down to Earth Sauvignon Blanc 2017 come from our single vineyard in Wrattonbully. The fruit is picked by hand before we ferment partially in stainless steel and part in French oak demi-muids (around 40% of the blend each year). The Down to Earth Sauvignon Blanc 2017 is a fantastic aperitif wine, exhibiting complex stone fruit and nectarine flavours.

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Product category: Wrattonbully

Terre à Terre Sauvignon Blanc 2015

Our 100% barrel-fermented Sauvignon Blanc comes from our close spaced vineyard in Wrattonbully, South Australia. This vineyard has been baptised the Crayères Vineyard, after the chalk cellars that are found throughout Xavier’s region of birth in Champagne, France. Similar natural structures are found underneath this very special vineyard, and they are now the subject of a research project led by a team from the University of Adelaide as they are full of undisturbed ancient fossilised remains.

The Crayères vineyard is located next to Tapanappa’s Whalebone Vineyard, at the top of a north-south limestone ridge in Wrattonbully, one of Australia’s most exciting regions. The Terra Rossa top-soil is characteristic of the area. This part of the vineyard was planted on rootstocks in 2008 using cuttings from the neighbouring Whalebone Vineyard and French clones and at a relatively high density for the area (4,444 vines per hectare, similar to the density of vineyards in Saint Emilion). The fruiting wire is only 50cm above ground, which is why the local vignerons call the vines the “low vines”.

The fruit for the Terre à Terre Sauvignon Blanc was hand harvested on the 18th of February 2015. It was harvested in smaller slotted bins and transported in refrigerated trucks to the winery in the Piccadilly Valley, which allowed us to chill and whole bunch press the fruit. After 15 days cold-settling in a stainless steel tank, the juice was fermented in ten 600L French oak demi-muids (20% new).

Post-fermentation, the wine was left on full lees for 9 months with lees stirring every other month. The wine did not go through malolactic fermentation to ensure that a crisp acidity balances the significant texture. It was bottled on the 7th of January 2016.

2015 was a great vintage, and the wine starts with very smooth and ripe citrus fruit and liquorish flavours, crisp acidity and finishes with a very good length. It is yet another big step up on the previous releases as the vines are now starting to show their potential to produce world-class fine wines of delicate texture, balanced acidity, flavours and alcohol and very good length and complexity. Just 1,300 cases of 6 were produced.

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Product category: Adelaide Hills

Terre à Terre Summertown Vineyard Pinot Noir 2016

Planted in 1987, the Summertown Vineyard is one of the oldest Pinot Noir vineyards in the Adelaide Hills, and has a variety of different Pinot Noir clones (including MV6, G5V8, D5V12, D2V5). Terre à Terre started to manage the Summertown Vineyard in 2015/2016, and we follow the same strict management practices as our Crayères Vineyard in Wrattonbully i.e. hand pruning, shoot thinning, green harvest to control yields and hand harvesting.

After harvest, the grapes spent two days in the cold room before being crushed to open fermenters (with 10% whole bunches). The must then macerated for 4 days in the fermenters before being seeded with yeast culture. The ferments were plunged once a day and the must was then left to macerate before being gently pressed off skins. The wine was aged for nine months in French oak barrels (50% new) where it completed malolactic fermentation and then settled naturally in tank for one month before bottling.

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Product category: Wrattonbully

Terre à Terre Rouge 2015

The Terre à Terre Rouge is a single-vineyard blend comprising of Shiraz (44%), Cabernet Sauvignon (36%) and Cabernet Franc (20%). After fermentation and maceration, the hand-picked fruit was racked to old 225L French oak barriques where it aged for 8 months. It was then racked off lees to a two-year old 4,300L foudre where it aged for a further 14 months. 

This Experimental Assemblage is probably one of the most independent-minded wines of our range, demonstrating how well Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc work together in an blend, without too much oak interference. Fruit and spice aromas are balanced by a generous palate, with soft mulberry fruit, mellow tannins and great length. Only 590 dozen were produced.

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Product category: Wrattonbully

Terre à Terre Cabernet Franc 2015

Our Cabernet Franc was fermented in small 1-tonne tubs, with plunging once a day. 75% of the fruit was fermented with 20% whole bunch fruit and fermented on wild yeasts, whilst the rest was destemmed with partially crushed fruit and seeded with our own yeast culture. The whole fruit and the crushed fruit were pressed off skins as separate batches and racked to 225L French oak.  The wild ferment component was aged in old French oak barriques and the crushed fruit was aged in new French oak for 22 months. After a very light egg fining in barrels, the wine was bottled without filtration late February 2017.  

Cabernet Franc is one of the best red varieties in Bordeaux and the Loire Valley, and it is probably the best variety in Wrattonbully as well, ahead of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. This wine shows how well the variety responds to the Saint Emilion like climate, terroir and vineyard design.  The wild ferment component boosts the floral and violet aromas of the variety.  The palate is very bright blackcurrant and blackberries with very good tannins on the finish, the sign of a very good wine.

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Product category: Wrattonbully

Terre à Terre Shiraz 2015

The Shiraz was fermented in 1 8-tonne Potter fermenter and 1 small 1-tonne tub (which had 50% whole bunches), with plunging 4 times during fermentation. After 26 days of cold maceration, fermentation and post fermentation maceration, the wine was pressed off to 50% new Vallaurine barrels (Rive Droite and Rive Gauche) and 50% old French barrels where they aged for 8 months.  The wine was then transferred to a 4-year-old Foudre where it aged for a further 14 months. After a light egg white fining, the wine was bottled without filtration in late February 2017.

Our 2015 Shiraz confirms the potential of the Wrattonbully wine region as an extraordinary cool climate region for Australian Shiraz, in the line of the great Shiraz from the Pyrenees and the Grampians. The 2015 vintage wine shows bright blackberry and juicy plum flavours, whilst the palate is very earthy with gorgeous supple and lingering tannins.

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Product category: Wrattonbully

Terre à Terre Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

After 29 days fermentation and maceration, the must was pressed off skins and racked to French oak barrels (35% new) where it aged for 8 months.  The wine was then racked to another 1-year-old, 4,000L foudre (French oak) and aged for a final 14 months. After a very light egg fining in foudre, the wine was racked one more time before bottling without filtration late February 2017. 5% Cabernet Franc from the Crayères vineyard was added to the blend before bottling.   

The 2015 release of Terre à Terre Cabernet Sauvignon demonstrate the potential of the Crayères single vineyard.  It is a classic example of Cabernet Sauvignon from the Limestone Coast, with exemplary cassis fruit flavours.  It has the fruit complexity of the 2013s and the tannin structure of the 2014s.  It was a great vintage for our Crayères Vineyard reds and proof in the bottle that we are on the right tracks!  It needs decanting.  A Vineyard Parcellaire wine.

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Product category: Wrattonbully

Terre à Terre Crayères Vineyard Reserve 2014

The Crayères Vineyard Reserve is the top wine of the Terre à Terre domaine, made by blending the very best parcels from our vineyard each year. In 2014, this saw a blend of 95% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Cabernet Franc spend a year in 70% new French oak barrels before they were racked to a 5-year-old, 4,000L foudre (French oak) and aged for a final 6 months. The finished wine then spent a further 18 months in bottle before release.

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About us

Company details


Named after a French expression meaning "Down to Earth", TERRE à TERRE was started by husband and wife team Xavier Bizot and Lucy Croser with the desire to produce great Australian wines of terroir...with a French twist.

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