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Malakoff - 97 points Robert Parker - Rhone meets Australia - 09/23/2013 - Australia

What happens when a Rhone Valley legend gets access to spectacular Aussie fruit? The results are below. A small number of 750's and a slightly larger number of magnums are available - grab this highly-acclaimed Shiraz while it's here.

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2010 Domaine Terlato-Chapoutier "Malakoff" Shiraz Pyrenees Victoria ($49.99)

94 points James Halliday: "Strong colour; by far the most powerful of the M. Chapoutier '10 Shirazs, with blackberry, licorice and tar all combined, the tannins joining with bitter chocolate on the finish. Needs considerable patience." (07/2014)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2010 Syrah de Malakoff gives notes of bacon fat, aged meat and prunes with a background of figs, warm blackberries and vanilla, plus forest floor and anise hints. Medium to full-bodied, it offers great structure in the mouth going firm and herbal in the long finish. (LPB)" (02/2015)

92 points Wine Spectator: "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. (HS)" (05/2013)

90 points Wine Enthusiast: "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. (JC)" (04/2014)

K&L Notes: Shiraz from the Australian Pyrenees, the product of a unique partnership between one of the Rhône Valley's top Syrah producers and the state of Illinois' savviest wine importers.

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2010 Domaine Terlato-Chapoutier "Malakoff" Shiraz Pyrenees Victoria (1.5L) ($99.99)

97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "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" (12/2011)

92 points Wine Spectator: "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." (05/2013)