"Michel Chapoutier established Tournon in 2007 shortly after purchasing 50 hectares of property in the heart of the Victorian Pyrenees and Heathcote. He recognized that the cool weather patterns and remarkable diversity of soil and exposures in this region would allow him to make distinctive wines from the Syrah/Shiraz grape of his homeland utilizing his biodynamic winegrowing philosophy. Named after the Hermitage commune, Tournon leads the movement in Australia towards elegant, balanced wines.
This Shiraz shows a brilliant, dark ruby appearance with intense aromas of ripe black fruits and peppers. The palate is fresh and juicy with silky and elegant tannins."
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Seeking excellence in the land Down Under, in 2009 Michel Chapoutier bought two new vineyards (Shays Flat Estate and Landsborough Valley Estate) in the Victorian Pyrenees to set up the fully owned label, Tournon.
Michel recognized two unique terroirs that would allow him to make distinctive wines utilizing the Syrah/Shiraz grape that originates in his homeland.
A southern extension of the Great Dividing Range, The Pyrenees foothills and ranges create a remarkable diversity of microclimates and soils that provide wealth of variety for winemakers.
The cool weather patterns and unique soil in this region are an ideal place for the development of Chapoutier's biodynamic winegrowing philosophy, and of extending Rhône traditions.
Like in Hermitage, Michel's challenge is to show the diversity of this area by producing racy Shiraz from different type of soils.