Reviews & Ratings

Shiraz-Viognier

-By Harvey Steiman - Wine Spectator
3/18/2014
2012 Shiraz-Viognier - 90
Vibrant, expressive and distinctive, with citrus and mineral overtones around a core of blueberry and spice, lingering on the taut finish. Best from 2016 through 2020.
- By Harvey Steiman
Wine Spectator
3/18/2014
-By Robert M. Parker, Jr. - Wine Advocate
12/1/2012
-By Joshua Greene - Wine & Spirits
10/1/2013
2011 Shiraz-Viognier - 92
When is the last time you drank a refreshing Aussie shiraz? This one plays off the spicy black peppercorn character of the grape: Its crisp, sour cherry fruit is herbal and delicious with a light peppery buzz in the end. A northern Rhone lookalike from Michel Chapoutier's joint venture with the Terlato family.
- By Joshua Greene
Wine & Spirits
10/1/2013
-By Harvey Steiman - Wine Spectator
8/31/2013
2011 Shiraz-Viognier - 89
Light and distinctly peppery, with pretty berry and guava flavors that linger on the expressive finish. Drink now through 2016.
- By Harvey Steiman
Wine Spectator
8/31/2013
-By Harvey Steiman - Wine Spectator
8/8/2012
-By Fred Koeppel - KoeppelonWine.com
5/20/2006
2004 Shiraz-Viognier - Excellent
Yes, there is an honored place for dignified, noble, austere wines that we are as inclined to genuflect toward as drink, and then there are the wines that come along and just knock you damned socks off. Such a wine is this sleek, seductive beauty from Australia, a collaboration, as the label implies, between Michel Chapoutier, of the justly renowned Rhone Valley producer, M. Chapoutier, and Tony Terlato, chairman of Terlato Wine Group, parent company of Paterno Wines, which imports and markets Chapoutier in the United States. Remarkably, this wine sees no oak, undergoing, instead, a two-week maceration in cement vats or stainless steel tanks to impart a structure of firm tannins. So, yes, the wine sports impeccable weight and solidity, but most noticeable are its forthright scents of raspberry, blueberry, black olive and thyme, its gushing dark flavors of blackberry jam and licorice, the intensity of its elements of violets, jasmine and lavender, the voluptuousness of its velvety texture. Wow, stop me before I write more! Good value for the price.
- By Fred Koeppel
KoeppelonWine.com
5/20/2006
-By Robert M. Parker, Jr. - The Wine Advocate
10/31/2005
2004 Shiraz-Viognier - 89 points
The 2004 Shiraz-Viognier offers peppery tapenade notes intermixed with cassis and spice. Deep, fleshy, rich, complex, and loaded with fruit, it is ideal for drinking over the next 5-7 years.
- By Robert M. Parker, Jr.
The Wine Advocate
10/31/2005

lieu dit Malakoff Shiraz

-By Robert M. Parker, Jr. - Wine Advocate
12/1/2012
-By - Wine & Spirits
2/1/2014
2011 lieu dit Malakoff Shiraz - 92
This site within the Malakoff Vineyard, planted by Michel Chapoutier and Doug Fletcher (of Terlato Wines) in 1998, produces scant yields of one ton per acre. Planted on an east-facing slope of the Pyrenees, the vineyard produced a cool, umami-rich shiraz in 2011. More a food than a wine, this focuses on meaty, gamey scents of pork broth, mushrooms, tomato skin and peppery spice. It leaves the mouth feeling clean and bright, ready to enliven pigeon or partridge braised with wild mushrooms.
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Wine & Spirits
2/1/2014
-By Harvey Steiman - Wine Spectator
8/28/2013
2011 lieu dit Malakoff Shiraz - 90
Sleek and lively with acidity, this is restrained overall, spreading its flavors of plum, black olive and sweet leather over a fine-grained frame, lilting on the finish. Drink now through 2018.—
- By Harvey Steiman
Wine Spectator
8/28/2013
-By Robert Parker - The Wine Advocate
12/23/2012
2010 lieu dit Malakoff Shiraz - 97
They are of very high quality and deserve readers’ attention. Hopefully my prose has convinced more than a handful of readers to try these remarkable wines from one of the most fascinating and compelling personalities in the entire wine world, and one dedicated to the highest quality.
- By Robert Parker
The Wine Advocate
12/23/2012
-By Harvey Steiman - Wine Spectator
5/31/2013
2010 lieu dit Malakoff Shiraz - 92
This fresh and vibrant red is focused and distinctive, offering black olive and mineral overtones around a vivid core of plum and blackberry fruit. Persists easily against polished tannins. Drink now through 2018.
- By Harvey Steiman
Wine Spectator
5/31/2013
-By Joe Czerwinski - Wine Enthusiast
4/1/2014
2010 lieu dit Malakoff Shiraz - 90
This is as piny and resinous as this bottling has ever been, imparting a slightly medicinal cast to the black cherry and plum aromas. The flavors pick up more traditional hints of ash, espresso and black olive. This medium-bodied wine's slightly dusty tannins turn silky on the finish.
- By Joe Czerwinski
Wine Enthusiast
4/1/2014
-By - Wine Advocate
2/1/2011
-By Harvey Steiman - Wine Spectator
8/1/2012
2009 lieu dit Malakoff Shiraz - 92
Dark, crisp, focused and juicy, with floral blackberry fruit, accented with distinctive mineral notes of wet stone and basalt. This has intensity and deft balance. Drink now through 2019.
- By Harvey Steiman
Wine Spectator
8/1/2012
-By Joe Czerwinski - Wine Enthusiast
9/1/2013
2009 lieu dit Malakoff Shiraz - 91
The Terlato-Chapoutier wines offer a refreshing, medium-bodied style of Australian Shiraz. Anise and mint feature prominently in this vintage, plus notes of blackberry, espresso and spice. Drink now–2016.
- By Joe Czerwinski
Wine Enthusiast
9/1/2013
-By Robert M. Parker, Jr. - The Wine Advocate
10/31/2005
2005 lieu dit Malakoff Shiraz - 90-94 points
The 2005 Syrah de Malakoff is a top selection from the Pyrenees sector of Australia. It exhibits superb depth and richness in its smoky, camphor, black pepper, violet, and black currant-scented and flavored personality. Deep and rich, with good acidity, ripe tannin, a hint of minerals, and impressive balance, concentration, and intensity, it was obviously made from extremely low yields. Give it 2-3 years of bottle age, and consume it over the following 15+ years. This wine is to be released in 2007.
- By Robert M. Parker, Jr.
The Wine Advocate
10/31/2005
-By Fred Koeppel - KoeppelonWine.com
5/20/2006
2004 lieu dit Malakoff Shiraz - Excellent
And there’s nothing standoffish about this single-vineyard cousin of the wine mentioned above [Domaine Terlato & Chapoutier Shiraz-Viognier]. This too is sumptuous and scrumptious, a smoldering amalgam of smoke and potpourri pouring through ripe and spicy black currant, black cherry and plum flavors highlighted with lavender, licorice and lead pencil, all cushioned in an incredibly velvety texture. True, the tannins turn fairly briary and brambly on the finish, and, true, the wine could profit by aging from, say, 2009 to 2012. But why wait? It’s wonderful now.
- By Fred Koeppel
KoeppelonWine.com
5/20/2006
-By Harvey Steiman - Wine Spectator
5/3/2006
2004 lieu dit Malakoff Shiraz - 92 points
From a new partnership between Hermitage winegrower Michel Chapoutier and U.S. importer and vintner Tony Terlato, chairman of Paterno Wines International, comes this bright and juicy red, immensely appealing for its fresh blueberry, raspberry and dense, dark chocolate overtones, lingering on the superfine, polished finish.
- By Harvey Steiman
Wine Spectator
5/3/2006
-By Robert M. Parker, Jr. - The Wine Advocate
10/31/2004
2004 lieu dit Malakoff Shiraz - 90-92 points
A joint project between Chicago’s Terlato family and France’s Michel Chapoutier, this offering, produced from Pyrenees vineyards cropped at ten hectoliters per hectare, boasts sumptuously concentrated fruit (blackberries, cherries) in addition to melted licorice, espresso roast, and smoke characteristics. Ripe, opulent, and medium to full-bodied, if this delicious 2004 gets into the bottle without being fined or filtered (Chapoutier rarely fines or filters), it will be a lusty Australian blockbuster to enjoy during its first 7-10 years of life.
- By Robert M. Parker, Jr.
The Wine Advocate
10/31/2004

L Block Shiraz

-By Robert M. Parker, Jr. - Wine Advocate
12/1/2012
-By Robert Parker - Wine Advocate
12/1/2011
2010 L Block Shiraz - 95-97+
These Chapoutier wines are sometimes reviewed by my colleagues David Schildknect in his Languedoc-Roussillon report and Lisa Perrotti-Brown in her reviews of Australian wines, so I will just list the wines, my score, and the region from which they emerge. They are of very high quality and deserve readers’ attention. Hopefully my prose has convinced more than a handful of readers to try these remarkable wines from one of the most fascinating and compelling personalities in the entire wine world, and one dedicated to the highest quality.
- By Robert Parker
Wine Advocate
12/1/2011
-By - Wine Advocate
2/1/2011
-By Harvey Steiman - Wine Spectator
5/31/2013
2009 L Block Shiraz - 93
Supple, focused and distinctive, with a mineral tinge. A wet stone note runs through the dark berry and black olive flavors, gliding into the long and expressive finish. Displays power and finesse. Drink now through 2019. 210 cases made.
- By Harvey Steiman
Wine Spectator
5/31/2013
-By Joe Czerwinski - Wine Enthusiast
9/1/2013
2009 L Block Shiraz - 93
From a special section of Lieu Dit Malakoff, this is a wondrously perfumed Shiraz, dazzling with wintergreen, anise and cracked pepper scents, all layered over blueberry fruit. It’s medium in body and silky in texture, with a long, mouth-watering finish that brings espresso to mind.
- By Joe Czerwinski
Wine Enthusiast
9/1/2013
-By James Molesworth - Wine Spectator
5/31/2012
2008 L Block Shiraz - 93
Firm in texture, focusing its mineral-accented ripe blackberry and black pepper flavors over a sleek structure and into the long, vivid finish. Best from 2013 through 2018.
- By James Molesworth
Wine Spectator
5/31/2012