Domaine Terlato & Chapoutier S Block Shiraz

Domaine Terlato & Chapoutier S Block Shiraz 2014

Domaine Terlato & Chapoutier combines the vision of Anthony J. Terlato, the founder of luxury importer and marketer Terlato Wines International, and Michel Chapoutier, the esteemed Rhône grower and vintner whose compelling wines have been exalted by critics around the world. The 4 hectare Saddleback Vineyard block has North, South and East facing aspects, and sits astride the ridgeline of the Malakoff Vineyard. During the 13 year drought, there was not enough water to irrigate the vineyards and so in 2001 a decision was made to turn off the water to half of the vineyard. The L-Block and a portion of Saddleback were the only vines planted in this half of the vineyard which survived. As a result, the vines on these two blocks have lower yields that the others and have a deeper root system. In 2015, when tasting and assessing the blocks, Michel Chapoutier deemed Saddleback worthy of ‘single vineyard status’.

Style:
Full bodied, rich, persistent.
Flavor:
Full flavored and rich yet restrained with a hint of dark chocolate, blackberries and spice. A great length with fine persistent tannins.
Bottle Size(s)
750 ML
Appellation
Pyrenees
Grapes
Shiraz
Alcohol Percentage
14.50%
Fermentation
Destemmed grapes are fermented in concrete tanks utilizing wild yeasts. Gentle extraction by pumping-over and a long maceration of 4-6 weeks ensures a fine, well balanced tannin structure.
Aging
100% of the wine is aged for 12 months in French oak barrels.