Michel Chapoutier is quite well established in Australia now, having produced wines over the past decade. A biodynamic champion of single vineyard wines from the Northern Rhone, the vineyards of Domaine Tournon are on the foothills of the southern extension of the Great Dividing Range. A selling feature of wines from this region is the diversity of microclimate and soil. I started my experience with his Australian wines with the La Pleiade Shiraz which he produced in collaboration with Ron Laughton of Jasper Hill, but the cost and relatively small production might render this label less accessible to some.
The Domaine Tournon wines, on the other hand, are affordable and drinking mighty well. Purchased, $30 from Nick’s Wine Merchants. The wine is aged in French oak barrels for 12 months but a small proportion is aged in tanks to preserve the fresh fruit flavours. Clear, intense dark ruby colour. Clean, youthful nose of blackberry liquor and black plums, a perfume of finely ground blackpepper, a slatered touch of drying beef fillets. A dry, full-bodied wine, the 2010 vintage was dry with warmer than average ripening conditions and partially contribute to the 14% alc. But the purity of the fruit contains that very well, with resolving fine grained tannins that impart a smooth velvet texture to the wine rather than as a major component of the wine. Slightly chewy mouthfeel, rich flavours of blackberry, black cherry, savoury olive tapenade, soft peppery notes. Good length for the after taste. Drink now – 2015. 92/100.