2011 Tournon M Chapoutier Shay’s Flat, Pyrenees Victoria. 14% alcohol

2011 TournonTasted May 2013

Robert Parker gave it 95 points so you kind of know whats coming up.

My thoughts were thus:

First taste is quite powerful and solid tannins; will be better with food like red meats and hard cheeses.

Colour is deep dark rich red.

Nose is of black fruits and savoury.

Palate is big and rich, solid tannins filling the mouth, medium to full bodied and layers of stuff going on. It’s probably going to be a great wine, might pay to decant for a while. Looking forward to the next bottle. This is Victorian shiraz at its best.

This wine has clearly divided opinions with James Halliday In Wine Companion online in 2013 giving it a rather lowly 90 points and noting:

Medium red-purple, good for the vintage; the bouquet is fragrant, with red berry/cherry aromas; milky tannins run through the palate, contrasting with the savoury/spicy fruit. So far, a touch disjointed.

 

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