Wine Enthusiast 90
“Free of restrictive appellation contrôlée regulations, Chapoutier's Australian team blends 85% Viognier and 15% Marsanne in this intense, concentrated white. Yellow plums and grilled pineapple notes aren't exceeding complex, but offer plenty of enjoyment, finishing ripe, rich and long. Drink now.“
Wine Spectator 89
“Orange blossom and mango aromas leap out of the glass, with a fleshy core and a juicy, lingering finish, accented by citrus zest hints. Viognier and Marsanne. Drink now. 5,950 cases made.”–MW
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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.