Domaine Terlato & Chapoutier Shiraz-Viognier 2011
Syrah/Shiraz from Victoria, Australia
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, Côte Rôtie. The grapes grown in this Austrialian vineyard where planted on 19th century French rootstocks, another nod to the French tradition & influence in this new world wine. This wine is a collaborative effort between two renowned wine families; Chapoutier from the Rhone Valley in France, and Terlato family of Napa Valley in California.
Blend: 95% Shiraz, 5% Viognier
The Wine Advocate - "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. – Robert Parker"
Wine & Spirits - "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 at the end. A northern Rhone lookalike from Michael Chapoutier's joint venture with the Terlato family. "
Domaine Terlato & Chapoutier Winery
Domaine Terlato & Chapoutier combines the vision of Anthony J. Terlato, the founder of luxury importer and marketer Terlato Wines International, and Michel Chapoutier, the esteemed Rhône grower and vintner whose compelling wines have been exalted by critics around the world. The origin of the Terlato & Chapoutier partnership in Australia dates back to 1998, when Chapoutier enthusiastically told Terlato about a top vineyard site in Australia. Located on an eastern-facing slope on the southern edge of the Pyrenees Hills in western Central Victoria, the region’s unique iron-rich and schist soils could produce “great wines,” according to Chapoutier, and the resulting single-vineyard Shiraz from the "Malakoff" vineyard and Shiraz-Viognier blend have been highly lauded since their release in 2006. View all Domaine Terlato & Chapoutier Wines
About VictoriaView a map of Victoria wineries
From stickies to Pinot Noir, Victoria is varied in its wines. The southernmost state of Australia, Victoria is third in wine production, after South Australia and New South Wales. The state is home to the cool-climate Yarra Valley, Yarra Valley, a producer of quality Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, as well the warmer regions of Rutherglen & Glenrowan. These two areas are hot and dusty and famous for their sweet, fortified stickies.
Notable FactsLots of coastline gives Victoria a cool climate, appropriate for growing grapes like Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Many new regions are discovering their growing potential – especially with these grapes. Inland gets warmer, and some of the best fortified wines are made here,as well as some good Shiraz. Victoria also makes the most Sparking Shiraz.
About AustraliaLike the United States, which is about the same size, Australia's winemaking regions are huddled into one or two pockets of the country. The state of South Australia, which produces about 60% of the country's wine, also has the most wineries and sub-regions, including McLaren Vale, Clare Valley, Coonawarra and Barossa Valley. New South Wales is home to the Hunter Valley, while the smaller, southern state of Victoria is best known for theYarra Valley. Head way west to the very large state of Western Australia and you'll find the tiny region of Margaret River at the southern tip.
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- 4 Stars: 3
- 3 Stars: 1
- 2 Stars: 3
- 1 Stars: 3
11 ratings, 11 with reviewsrfarouni - Columbus, OH26/18/2013Definitely not a 93 points wine!blckmmb - Gypsum, CO27/28/2014
Very good, but a little overwhelming on the balck peppercorn notes. Crisp but muscular with a long tangy finish.Stantom - Chardon, OH44/11/2014This a very nice wine. It is unique not just because of the two well known winemakers behind it's conception but because of the aromatic character of the Voignier, it's color, very smooth, nice aftertaste and nose.RipplinRandy - Plano, TX14/1/2014
- Earth & Spicy
I learned my lesson for not reading reviews before buying. 1st time I've not agreed with RP rating. Earthy is right because it tasted like dirt. I regret buying two now. I continued to retaste looking for the finish that wasn't there. I'll decant again and let it rest for hour tonight and see if anything changes.WinesRus2 - Harrisburg, PA12/8/2014Not tasted. Only one star because the entire order was frozen during delivery pushing the corks out for several bottles. The order was returned and the replacement shipment is scheduled for March (warmer weather).Jimmy St Hilaire - South Hadley, MA312/4/2013Is anyone else having problems printing the cellar notes for this wine?Robert Duffy - Sparta, NC211/20/2013Fair, would definitely NOT buy this wine again.William Herholtz - Colorado Springs, CO411/4/2013
- Earth & Spicy
Nice balance and a bit of spice with a dry finish. An excellent value!Robin E. Perewozki - Laguna Beach, CA58/14/2013
- Earth & Spicy
Exceptional value. Easy drinking with earthy pepper tastes.48/9/2013
- Earth & Spicy
Delightful wine. Clean rich fruit up front and nice finish. 93 points is absurd. This is a 90 point wine which offers much for its low price.TC Wine Guy - Walnut Creek, CA16/17/2013
- Smooth & Supple
I found the chemical aromas and flavors so overwhelming that I couldn't even drink it. Extremely bitter and overpowered by strong compounds that completely mute the fruit. Serious problems with this wine, and I would give it a 1/2 Star if I could...
- Earthy & Spicy
Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Fruity
- Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Smooth & Supple
- Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Earthy & Spicy
- Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Big & Bold
- Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
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