Winemaker Michel Chapoutier is the seventh generation family member to lead Maison Chapoutier, first established in France in 1808. In 1997, with a natural curiosity and an eye for innovation, he first purchased and planted vineyards in Australia. Challenged to create great Shiraz, true to its unique terroir yet reminiscent of its French origins, Michel's Victorian vineyards were carefully selected for their superior aspects and the characteristics that their soils impart to the ultimate wine.
Michel Chapoutier established Tournon in 2007 shortly after purchasing 50 hectares of property in the heart of the Victorian Pyrenees and Heathcote. He recognized that the cool weather patterns and remarkable diversity of soil and exposures in this region would allow him to make distinctive wines from the Syrah/Shiraz grape of his homeland utilizing his biodynamic winegrowing philosophy. Named after the Hermitage commune, Tournon leads the movement in Australia towards elegant, balanced wines.
Grape varieties: Viognier and Marsanne
Soil: Podzolic layer coming from red ferruginous clays on shales.
Harvest: Grapes are harvested at maturity, avoiding over maturation.
Vinification: Grapes are destemmed and the gently press, cold sedimentation for 48 hours.
Alcoholic fermentation in stainless steel tank.
Maturing: The wine is entirely aged in stainless steel tank on lees for 5 months.
Colour: pale gold colour
Nose: fresh crisp and fruity with stone fruit in abundance
Palate: supple and fresh attack, with great minerality and fruit weight
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