2016 Tournon Pyrenees Grenache
Described as unique, unconventional and curious about everything, Michel Chapoutier began his wine journey at the age of 26. As a negociant and winemaker, he is one of the most recognized figures in the Rhone Valley of France. Michel ventured into Australia in 1998 and established Tournon in 2007, shortly after purchasing 123 acres in the heart of the Victorian Pyrenees and Heathcote. The cool weather patterns and remarkable diversity of the soil and exposure in this region would allow him to make distinctive wines. Named after the Hermitage commune, Tournon leads the movement toward elegant, balanced wines.
This single-vineyard Grenache is bright ruby with mixed aromas of raspberry, blackberry and strawberry. The bright fruit is obvious from the get-go with a creamy core that is complemented with cracked pepper, spice and finely integrated tannins. Tasted the next day, this medium-full bodied wine showed softer with more elegance. It is great now, but should age up to 5 years.
By Perry Miroballi