Wine Advocate 87 points - Medium to deep garnet-purple, the 2012 Mathilda Shiraz has a nose of ripe redcurrants, red plums and cherries with hints of vanilla and baking spices. Medium-bodied with great elegance, it has a lovely harmony of soft tannins and balanced acid with a medium-long uncomplicated finish. (Feb 2015)
Wine Spectator 92 points - Fresh, vital and open-textured, this well-made cool-climate Shiraz drips with plum and currant fruit, weaving in black pepper, mineral and black olive notes. Finishes with a refreshing lilt while maintaining momentum. Drink now through 2019.H.S. (Oct 22 2014)
Michel Chapoutier, owner and winemaker of M. Chapoutier, one of the Rhone Valley’s most esteemed estates, founded Tournon in 2007. The 123 acre estate is located in the Victorian Pyrenees and Heathcote region of Australia. The Shays Flat Vineyard, situated on an east facing ridge in the southern Pyrenees foothills, is planted on schist and quartz soils and Lady’s Lane is planted on gentle slopes of well draining deep red Cambrian soils.
The estate vineyards are farmed using biodynamics and the Shiraz is hand-picked and destemmed prior to fermentation. The cool weather allows Michel to craft distinctive Shiraz. Michel named Tournon after its famous cousin in Hermitage, France. As in France and now in Australia, Michel is producing wines of elegance and balance.