Domaine Terlato & Chapoutier Shiraz-Viognier 92w&s 2011

Winemaker's Notes:

"When is the last time you drank a refreshing Aussie Shiraz? This one plays off the spicy black peppercorn character of the grape: its crisp, sour cherry fruit is herbal and delicious with a light peppery buzz in the end. A northern Rhone lookalike from Michel Chapoutier's joint venture with the Terlato family...92" Wine & Spirits 10/13 "Rated, but no tasting note given. Although these wines are normally reviewed by my colleagues David Schildknect in his Languedoc-Roussillon and Alsace reports and Lisa Perrotti-Brown in her reviews of Australian wines, I tasted them during my visit with Chapoutier, so I will include them in this report as they are of high quality and merit attention. I will just list the wines, my score, and the region from which they emerge...93" Robert Parker on the Domaine Terlato & Chapoutier 2011 Vintage WA 12/12

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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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Editorial Reviews for Domaine Terlato & Chapoutier Shiraz-Viognier 92w&s

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065213,106
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


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Snooth User: Sedimentblog
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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
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3.00 5
Vintage: 2012 03/13/2010

good, round, smooth finish


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

Four and a half glasses


Snooth User: Franckboulbes
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3.00 5
06/16/2013

Three glasses


Snooth User: Cheri
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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 92w&s

External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
11/01/2013

[Rated, but no tasting note given.]


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
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
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
11/01/2013

Light and distinctly peppery, with pretty berry and guava flavors that linger on the expressive finish. Drink now through 2016.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
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
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/01/2014

When is the last time you drank a refreshing Aussie shiraz? This one plays off the spicy black peppercorn character of the grape: Its crisp, sour cherry fruit is herbal and delicious with a light peppery buzz in the end. A northern Rhône lookalike from Michel Chapoutier’s joint venture with the Terlato family.


External Review
Source: NapaCabs.com
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 .


External Review
Source: NapaCabs.com
Vintage: 2010 03/14/2012

A spicy Shiraz from the vineyards of Central Victoria brightens with a boost of Viognier for aroma and balance, as often practiced in France s most highly regarded appellation of the Northern Rhone Valley, C te R tie.


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"When is the last time you drank a refreshing Aussie Shiraz? This one plays off the spicy black peppercorn character of the grape: its crisp, sour cherry fruit is herbal and delicious with a light peppery buzz in the end. A northern Rhone lookalike from Michel Chapoutier's joint venture with the Terlato family...92" Wine & Spirits 10/13 "Rated, but no tasting note given. Although these wines are normally reviewed by my colleagues David Schildknect in his Languedoc-Roussillon and Alsace reports and Lisa Perrotti-Brown in her reviews of Australian wines, I tasted them during my visit with Chapoutier, so I will include them in this report as they are of high quality and merit attention. I will just list the wines, my score, and the region from which they emerge...93" Robert Parker on the Domaine Terlato & Chapoutier 2011 Vintage WA 12/12

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