de la terre is the winemaking venture of Tony and Kaye Prichard who have a winery, cellar door and cafe complex on the Taihape Road out of Hastings. 'de la terre' means 'of the earth' and refers to the vineyards soils as well as the earth brick construction of their buildings. They focus on creating small parcels of unique, elegant wines and grow a number of interesting varietals that are seldom seen in NZ.
Tannat comes from the South-West region of France and is known for its big colour, bold flavours and strong tannic component. It has the nickname ‘la folle noir’ which translates to 'the crazy black grape' because of its unique aroma and flavour profiles. This 2019 release is fresh and vibrant with bright fruit and French oak notes. Subtle earthiness makes an appearance and will become more prominent with a few years in the cellar.
The winery writes "The colour of the wine is a rich and vibrant hue of real intensity. The nose has a totally unique fruit profile of blackberry/blueberry notes and an underlying earthiness with hints of fountain-pen ink and a seam of French oak. At present, the wine displays a youthful vibrancy – our experience is that with bottle age, the primary fruit gives way to earthiness and increased complexity. There is a burst of black cherry fruit with a fresh lively mid-palate. The winemaking was directed towards softening the tannins to create mid-palate ‘flesh’ – tannins support rather than dominate the palate here. Acid has been managed to enhance the wines vibrancy and fruit. This huge wine will work well with a wide range of red meat dishes. We expect it to last a very long time – 10+ years."