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Domaine Terlato & Chapoutier Shiraz-Viognier 92w&s 2011
"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
RiceSelect's creamy Arborio gets blended with sweet potato, coconut milk and vanilla to create this decadent cheesecake. Pairs well with Saunternes; a white dessert wine that has hints of coconut from aging in oak barrels.
Editorial Reviews for Domaine Terlato & Chapoutier Shiraz-Viognier 92w&s
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
"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
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
good, round, smooth finish
Four and a half glasses
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.
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!
External Reviews for Domaine Terlato & Chapoutier Shiraz-Viognier 92w&s
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
Light and distinctly peppery, with pretty berry and guava flavors that linger on the expressive finish. Drink now through 2016.
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.
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.
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 .
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.
Food Pairings for Domaine Terlato & Chapoutier Shiraz-Viognier 92w&s
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