Wine Advocate 88
An aromatic blend of Viognier and Marsanne, the 2015 Mathilda White is still going strong. Spicy florals mark the nose, while the medium-bodied palate is plump and juicy, offering balanced notes of apricot and bergamot before coming to a dry, slightly tannic finish. Pretty solid stuff. (Jun 2018)
Bright straw-yellow. Dried pear, beeswax and a hint of lemon pith on the pungent nose and in the mouth. Chewy and dry, revealing a touch of bitterness on the spice-tinged finish. (Oct 2017)
James Suckling 88
A very ripe white blend that shows bruised apples and dried nutmeg. Full body, ripe fruit and a slightly lackluster finish. Drink now. (Aug 2018)
Wine Spectator 89
The intense floral, peach, apricot and marzipan notes are rich and spicy. A thread of acidity keeps the flavors fresh. Almond skin details show on the finish. Marsanne and Viognier. Drink now. 5,000 cases made. -MW (Mar 31 2017)
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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.