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Domaine Terlato & Chapoutier: “structural preferences of a French vigneron, but with an Australian flavor spectrum”

One intriguing development, as viewed from this side of the Pacific,” writes Wine Spectator editor Harvey Steiman in the August 31 issue of the magazine, “centers on Rhône Valley master Michel Chapoutier. Avoiding the well-established Barossa, Clare and McLaren Vale regions, he has opted to make compelling wines from somewhat cooler spots in the state of Victoria, releasing versions under the Domaine Terlato & Chapoutier brand…”

“These wines reflect the structural preferences of a French vigneron, but with an Australian flavor spectrum. They all celebrate the characteristics of their individual sites. Domaine Terlato & Chapoutier Shiraz Pyrenees Malakoff 2010 (92 [points]), the most widely available, is a Crozes-Hermitage-like mouthful of mineral, with distinctive black olive and rocky overtones to the vivid core of plum and blackberry fruit. The Shiraz-Viognier, on the other hand, has brilliant fruit, while the L-Block shows more opulence.”

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