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Domaine Terlato 2009

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Intense ruby color. Vibrant red berry and apricot aromas. Round and full with fine integrated tannins.

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Domaine Terlato & Chapoutier:
The Story: Renowned Rhone Valley innovator Michel Chapoutier unlocks the potential of soil and sun in Victoria, Australia. Vineyard: When Michel saw Malakoff he said “Greatness is possible here.” The Lieu Dit Malakoff Shiraz is a single vineyard with 46 planted acres on an Eastern facing slope. The Shiraz-Viognier is grown further south on the Geelong peninsula. Soil: At Malakoff, r... Read more
The Story: Renowned Rhone Valley innovator Michel Chapoutier unlocks the potential of soil and sun in Victoria, Australia. Vineyard: When Michel saw Malakoff he said “Greatness is possible here.” The Lieu Dit Malakoff Shiraz is a single vineyard with 46 planted acres on an Eastern facing slope. The Shiraz-Viognier is grown further south on the Geelong peninsula. Soil: At Malakoff, red schist allows deep root penetration and contains high levels of iron. The schist combines with quartz which adds flinty character and aromas of white peppercorn. Climate: Continental with extreme daily swings in temperature (can change 45⁰ F to 100⁰ F) which allows a later harvest than is typical in the region for enhanced ripeness that preserves complex aromas and flavors. The fruit for Shiraz Viognier comes from the more moderate Geelong peninsula with cooling maritime breezes. Viticulture: The Malakoff vineyards are planted on their own rootstocks, farmed with minimal irrigation and grown with a focus on low yields (less than 1 ton/acre for Malakoff) all of which combine to produce intensely flavored, complex fruit. The Shiraz Viognier vineyards are grafted to 19th century French rootstocks. Vinification: They ferment in concrete tanks for a longer, slower, gentler maceration that results in precise tannin and delicacy of flavor with minerality and spice intact. The Shiraz-Viognier partially co-ferments to enhance and the color extraction and combine the flavors. Aging: 100% aged in French oak for 10-12 months Read less
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External Reviews for Domaine Terlato

External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/03/2012

The 2004 Shiraz/Viognier offers peppery tapenade notes intermixed with cassis and spice. Deep, fleshy, rich, complex, and loaded with fruit, it is ideal for drinking over the next 5ndash;7 years.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/03/2012

From a partnership between Michel Chapoutier and the owner of Paterno Imports, the Terlato family, the 2005 Shiraz/Viognier is an exotic, fleshy, plump, seductive vin de plaisir. Exotic litchi nut, apricot, black cherry, and cassis characteristics are found in this fleshy, soft, deliciously fruity, supple-textured Aussie red. Enjoy it over the next 2ndash;3 years.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/03/2012

For the second consecutive vintage, this wine comes close to mimicking those elusive floral and spice elements of the northern Rhocirc;ne. The flavors combine apricot and blueberry fruit with licorice, black olive, coffee and cracked pepper. A medium-bodied Shiraz for near-term consumption, but loaded with complexity. Drink nowndash;2012.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/03/2012

This joint-venture has been turning out consistently charming, balanced Shiraz over the past few vintages. The 2007 is simultaneously peppery-spicy, floral-perfumed and meaty-savory. Itrsquo;s medium-bodied, with a lovely plump softness to its mouthfeel, yet not without spine. Drink it over the next 5ndash;8 years.


External Review
Source: WineExpress.com
05/20/2011

Domaine Terlato & Chapoutier combines the vision of Anthony J. Terlato, the founder of luxury importer and marketer Terlato Wines International, and Michel Chapoutier, the esteemed Rhône grower and vintner whose compelling wines have been exalted by critics around the world. The origin of the Terlato & Chapoutier partnership in Australia dates back to 1998, when Chapoutier enthusiastically told Terlato about a top vineyard site in Australia. Located on an eastern-facing slope on the southern edge of the Pyrenees Hills in western Central Victoria, the region’s soil could produce “great wines,” according to Chapoutier. An impressive offering, this is a unique blend, using the Côte Rôtie tradition of combining 5% Viognier with Syrah, which produces a spicy, aromatic wine. The grapes, planted on 19th century French rootstock, are destemmed and fermented in cement and stainless steel tanks. The maceration lasts 3 weeks in order to give the wine the good tannic structure required for aging and stability. A portion of the Viognier grapes were added during fermentation to fully integrate the flavor and tannins. It shows deep color and intense flavors of red and black berries, gingerbread and black pepper spice.



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