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.
The grapes are whole bunch pressed to obtain high quality juice at low pressure and reduce the extraction of colour. The juice is cold settled without enzymes, retaining a high level of turbidity. Fermentation takes place at a low temperature with natural yeasts.
The wine is bottled soon after fermentation, revealing the primary fruit and retaining the natural carbon dioxide.
Colour: pale salmon colour
Nose: it provides a mixture of bright red fruits, predominately strawberry and raspberry with grenadine aromas and some delicate peach notes
Palate: frank attack with refreshing acidity. Light and crisp with subtle minerality to complement the red fruit aromas. A light, cleansing finish.
Served around 10°C, the wine would match perfectly barbecues and Mediterranean dishes.