When we embarked on our Viognier journey we talked about how much this varietal was used in wine blends to soften wine, add to the bouquet of the wine or even just to alter its colour. As Viognier has traditionally been blended with Syrah, dating back to an ancient practice from Côte-Rôtie, a wine-growing region in France’s Northern Rhône Valley, the common blending in Australia between Viognier and Shiraz is understood. So, in this Viognier post, we are covering Domaine Terlato & Chapoutier Shiraz – Viognier 2012, a blend of Shiraz (95%) and Viognier (5%). It is also important to highlight that this red blend is at the courtesy of two great wine families, the Chapoutier out of France and the Terlato family out of California.
On colour, this wine holds a deep garnet red hue. On the nose, you’ll sense cherry, herbs, anise and slight hints of strawberry. On the palate, you’ll find this to be a jammy wine that is ripe with tannins, peppercorn and simple flickers of minerality.
You can choose to store your Domaine Terlato & Chapoutier Shiraz – Viognier 2012 blend for a few years yet, or indulge sooner if you allow this wine to breathe for 45 minutes to an hour. Either way, this is a fantastic showing of what Central Victoria, Australia has to offer by way of a Shiraz – Viognier blend.
This wine retails at the LCBO for $19.75
We gave this wine a 4.25 out of 5