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 origin of the Terlato & Chapoutier partnership in Australia dates back to 1998, when Chapoutier enthusiastically told Terlato about a top vineyard site in Australia. Located on an eastern-facing slope on the southern edge of the Pyrenees Hills in western Central Victoria, the region’s soil could produce “great wines,” according to Chapoutier. As Terlato recalls at the time, “When Michel asked me to join him, I found it was impossible to say no.”
The result of their collaboration is the Malakoff Vineyard. The estate wine that comes from there, lieu dit Malakoff Shiraz, is made in the Chapoutier tradition: unfiltered and unfined. When wine critic Robert M. Parker sampled a barrel tasting of the 2004 vintage, he called it a “lusty Australian blockbuster,” and awarded it 90-92 points.
Another impressive offering from the Terlato & Chapoutier union is the Shiraz-Viognier. It’s also uniquely blended, using the Côte Rôtie tradition of combining 5% Viognier with Syrah, which produces a spicy, aromatic wine.
“We are not interested in making wines that are anything less than beautiful and provocative,” Chapoutier says. “The vineyard is young but greatness is possible.”