Domaine Terlato Chapoutier "L Block" Shiraz, Pyrenees, Australia 2016
100% Shiraz, dry farmed on shale soils, destemmed fruit, fermented in concrete & steel tanks, aged for 18 months in French oak barrels.
Domaine Terlato & Chapoutier is a collaboration between legendary French wine grower, Michel Chapoutier and wine industry icon, Anthony Terlato. The single vineyard L-Block is from a tiny ‘L’ shaped plot that survived the 13 year drought without irrigation. South facing and at an altitude of 400m, this is a low yielding and cool block. The wine is powerful and intense but with delicate, fine tannins.
Colour: intense and deep ruby colour with hints of violet.
Nose: black fruits, violet and spices.
Palate: begins with freshness, the wine is powerful and aromatic with aromas of black fruits and pepper. The mid-palate discloses velvety tannins and the finish is full of flavour with notes of spice.
Serving temperature: 15-16°C.
Ageing potential: more than 10 years.
"Barrel sample. Dry farmed. No acidification. Very sweet and salty. Not as integrated as Saddleback. A bit lean and sort of attempting a Rhône style but I’m not sure it really works as well as Saddleback. A bit brutal."
16.5/20 points, Jancis Robinson, jancisrobinson.com
Recommended food pairing: veal picatta (veal scallopini in lemon sauce), white meat with figs.
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- Ready to drink but will improve in good storage
- Primary Grape/Blend:
- Shiraz (Syrah)
- Influence of Oak: