Domaine Terlato & Chapoutier Malakoff Shiraz 2005
They were born an ocean apart, separated by a generation. Yet from the moment Anthony J. Terlato and Michel Chapoutier met, it was clear they shared a kinship, a common vision so deeply ingrained it could almost be called instinctual . Love of wine, there was that, but more important was a passion for quality and authenticity.
In 1998 Michel discovered an area in the Australian Pyrenees and called Tony exclaiming, “If we plant vineyards here we can make great wines in this soil. I would like you to be my partner.” Bill Terlato and Doug Fletcher, Vice President of Winemaking for Terlato Wine Group, visited the property and the joint venture was soon formed. Chapoutier and Terlato are proud of the results and look forward to future releases and a commitment to quality that continues to unite the partners. “We want our Malakoff Shiraz to become one of the most important wines from Australia,” Terlato states, and Chapoutier proclaims, “the vines are young but greatness is possible.”
The Wine-Malakoff Shiraz 2005
This majestic Shiraz comes from the spectacular Malakoff estate, low-yielding (less than 1 ton/acre), high-concentration vineyard site in Central Victoria. Gone is the over-ripe, alcoholic in-your-face style of so many Australian shiraz wines. In its place is a medium bodied wine wrapped in a silky texture that is a revelation of what Australian shiraz can be when made by one of the great winemakers of syrah. This variety has been interpreted by two renowned wine families; Rhône master Michel Chapoutier, together with wine authority and Napa Valley vintner Anthony Terlato. The soil profile of the Malakoff vineyard is remarkably similar to that of France's northern Rhône Valley and the area's climate is ideal for growing superior quality Shiraz. The wine is 100% Shiraz and was aged for 10 to 12 months in new French oak barrels.
Wine Spectator Rated 93
A deft, expressive Shiraz, with a remarkably open texture that floats over just enough acidity to keep this refreshing and impeccably balanced. The flavors center on smoky, licorice-scented black cherry and mineral. Not like many other Aussie reds. Best from 2009 through 2015. 1,500 cases made. –HS 6/15/07
Wine Advocate Rated, Serious, backward, and formidably endowed, the 2005 Shiraz Lieu Dit Malakoff reveals notions of damp earth interwoven with plum, black raspberry, cherry, and currant fruit. Medium-bodied, pure, and elegant with good acidity, it will require 2-3 years of cellaring, and should keep for 10-12 years. 12/06