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Domaine Terlato & Chapoutier Shiraz Viognier 2015

Editorial Review by Gregory Dal Piaz:

This starts off with a decidedly oaky nose but there is a nice black pepper tone and plenty of stemmy, almost floral notes, with a real oystershell mineral edge that helps the wild berry and dried plum fruit to pop. This is really tight up front with a very lean, crisp feel that is decidedly un-shirazy. There is plenty of fresh blueberry fruit with nice notes of pepper and very well integrated and unobtrusive oak. On the finish the fruit turns a bit more assertive and darker with a vivid plummy streak and a tiny bit of heat. This really has a compelling inner mouth perfume that is light, fresh and floral tinted. This is savory with a vibrant real edge to it. 93pts

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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

Editorial Reviews for Domaine Terlato & Chapoutier Shiraz Viognier

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065238,749
4.50 5
Vintage: 2006 02/11/2010

This starts off with a decidedly oaky nose but there is a nice black pepper tone and plenty of stemmy, almost floral notes, with a real oystershell mineral edge that helps the wild berry and dried plum fruit to pop. This is really tight up front with a very lean, crisp feel that is decidedly un-shirazy. There is plenty of fresh blueberry fruit with nice notes of pepper and very well integrated and unobtrusive oak. On the finish the fruit turns a bit more assertive and darker with a vivid plummy streak and a tiny bit of heat. This really has a compelling inner mouth perfume that is light, fresh and floral tinted. This is savory with a vibrant real edge to it. 93pts


Member Reviews for Domaine Terlato & Chapoutier Shiraz Viognier

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Snooth User: Sedimentblog
546548155
5.00 5
Vintage: 2012 10/19/2010

"The wine itself was absolutely delicious, a description I am thrilled to be able to employ within the Sediment blog. First I gave it an hour in a claret decanter. The nose is cedary but creamy, and the wine has the richness, the spicy warmth of a Cote-Rotie; but with the weight reduced by the absence of oak, and the little lift of the Viognier (a grape I associate with appley white wines), it just sings off the back of the palate. There’s a lighter, fruity note of summer about it, rather than the autumn and winter I associate with Shiraz. If I have any criticism, it’s that the absence of the oak meant I missed having something to tether the wine down, and make it a slower drink – but perhaps that’s my justification (if any were needed) for polishing off the bottle in a single session." Read the full article on www.sedimentblog.com


Snooth User: Sedimentblog
546548155
0.00 5
Vintage: 2012 10/28/2010

Oooh - disagreement on this one within the Sediment blog! Following PK's enthsuiasm (below), CJ responds with: "I couldn’t finish the bottle, no matter how hard I tried. It just filled me with woozy, oppressed, overstuffed gloom. It was like thin treacle poured over a flagstone floor. What is it with this terrible stuff?" His full unfortunate experience is on http://sedimentblog.blogspot.com/2010/10/terlato-chapoutier-shirazviognier-2007_28.html


Snooth User: danielle17
27109842
3.00 5
Vintage: 2012 03/13/2010

good, round, smooth finish


Snooth User: cojam17
9419423
4.50 5
Vintage: 2012 09/27/2011

Four and a half glasses


Snooth User: Franckboulbes
7849189
3.00 5
Vintage: 2011 06/16/2013

Three glasses


Snooth User: Cheri
43567545
4.00 5
Vintage: 2008 12/03/2010

I like shiraz, and I like viognier. But a shiraz-viognier blend? I have to say, I was skeptical. But I'm happy I let my curiosity win out over my skepticism because this was a great find! Let this open up a little and its quite lovely.


Snooth User: mitoubab
1912791,522
3.50 5
Vintage: 2007 06/01/2010

Never had this type of blend before, but I was curious to try the work of Terlato & Chapoutier. Hard to taste on its own, it definitely needs food to stand out. Had it with braised lamb and it was awesome!


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External Reviews for Domaine Terlato & Chapoutier Shiraz Viognier

External Review
Vintage: 2013 08/09/2015

Fresh and expressive, medium-weight but vivid, with black cherry and floral notes, balanced by a stony minerality that glides into the long finish against fine tannins. Drink now through 2020. 4,500 cases made.


External Review
Vintage: 2013 08/09/2015

Medium garnet-purple, the 2013 Shiraz / Viognier is showing slight reduction with a core of warm redcurrant and red cherry notes plus pepper, tree bark and underbrush plus a touch of charcoal. The palate reveals good expression of the varieties if just a little lean in the mid-palate with a medium level of chewy tannins and medium to long finish.


External Review
Vintage: 2011 11/01/2013

A classic northern Rhône blend from a renowned French family, showcasing lush Australian fruit, powerful spices and a sophisticated, clean finish. The Shiraz creates the base, with dark cherry, Dr. Pepper and black currant, while the splash of Viognier adds vibrancy and the ghost of tropical fruit. Food pairing: red meats Flavor type: fruit-forward Body type: medium-full Finish: rich


External Review
Vintage: 2011 01/22/2014

A classic northern Rhône blend from a renowned French family, showcasing lush Australian fruit, powerful spices and a sophisticated, clean finish. The Shiraz creates the base, with dark cherry, Dr. Pepper and black currant, while the splash of Viognier adds vibrancy and the ghost of tropical fruit.


External Review
Vintage: 2011 11/01/2013

[Rated, but no tasting note given.]


External Review
Vintage: 2011 06/20/2014

Rated but no tasting note given. Robert Parkers Wine Advocate.


External Review
Vintage: 2011 02/17/2013

They were born an ocean apart, separated by a generation. Yet from the moment Anthony J. Terlato and Michel Chapoutier met, it was clear they shared a kinship, a common vision so deeply ingrained it could almost be called instinctual . Love of wine, there was that, but more important was a passion for quality and authenticity .


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