Michel Chapoutier established Tournon in 2007 shortly after purchasing 50 hectares of property in the heart of the Victorian Pyrenees and Heathcote. He recognized that the cool weather patterns and remarkable diversity of soil and exposures in this region would allow him to make distinctive wines from the Syrah/Shiraz grape of his homeland utilizing his biodynamic winegrowing philosophy. Named after the Hermitage commune, Tournon leads the movement in Australia towards elegant, balanced wines.
Shallow fersialitic soils derived from quaternary alluviums of clays, on shales and siltstones (primary age) with inclusions of quartz.
Grapes are hand-harvested in general by the 10 last days of February.
Whole bunch pressing, followed by a cold sedimentation for 48 hours. Indigenous alcoholic fermentation in barrel (20% new oak).
The wine is aged for 6 months in French oak barrels with light bâtonnage.
Colour: vibrant golden yellow.
Nose: fresh crisp nose with notes of exotic fruits and slight toasty notes
Palate: supple & fresh attack, round structure supported by a good balance between acidity and minerality