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2018

Red (Shiraz Durif)

Per Bottle
$15.00
Case Of 6
$90.00

Red is perfect for the summer barbecue and loves being teamed with red meat. Try a char-grilled rump steak with caramelised onions and baked jacket potatoes topped with sour cream, or lamb burgers with spicy beetroot relish and a side serve of potato wedges.

1 to 3 years, but excellent for drinking now.

Shiraz [shee-rahz], Durif [dyoor-if; DUR-if]

 
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Vintage Conditions

A cooler and slightly wetter than average winter delayed the start of the growing season in Rutherglen, however once it
began the vineyards experienced regular rainfall and warm temperatures throughout the spring. This was followed by warm and dry summer months. The surprising thing about the temperatures during the ripening period was that even though they were slightly up on average, we did not experience any days of extreme heat. This consistently warm weather shortened the
growing season and meant that the time taken for vintage was considered average across our vineyards.
This consistent warm weather enabled the grapes to develop lovely full flavours and that coupled with the fantastic colour means that our red and fortified wines are showing high levels of fruit flavour and character. Our white wines are also looking very good with high levels of texture and fantastic flavour. Vintage 2018 is what winemakers consider to be a ‘consistent’, and therefore highly desirable vintage, that will allow wines to be enjoyed now and well into the future.

Tasting Notes

Rutherglen Estates Red has been made for wine lovers who enjoy all the qualities that have made Australian red wines so popular. Blended from the two red grape varieties for which Rutherglen is most famous, Shiraz and Durif, Red – in true Rutherglen style – displays big bold flavours and a wonderful depth of colour.

Our Red blend allows the full expression of the wonderful fruit, pepper and spice of Shiraz, with the background of rich Durif, which contributes the blackberry fruit, licorice, aniseed and chocolate characters, as well as firming the tannins for a complete red wine. Our hugely popular Red wine offers enormous value for money. Great colour, dense fruit characters of plum and cherry, with hints of spice and pepper, our Red is a mouthful of rich flavour and juicy tannins.

Winemaking

The Rutherglen region has the soils and climate that allow Shiraz and Durif fruit to ripen evenly and completely, and also develop great aroma and flavour complexity with firm, yet rounded tannins. Selected for their intensity of colour, broad range of flavours and for the balance of the final wine, the Shiraz and Durif for this blend are sourced from different blocks on our vineyards. All batches are chilled and soaked for 48 hours prior to inoculation with a spicy yeast, to encourage the development of bright, fresh berry characters to complement the complexity of fermentation derived characters. The batches are matured separately for six to nine months with a combination of French and American oak, and blending occurs just prior to bottling.

Wine Detail & Analysis

Varieties: 86% Shiraz, 12% Durif, 2% Other
Region: Rutherglen, North East Victoria
Harvest date: February, 2018
Release date: August, 2019
Alcohol:14.9%
Oak treatment: 12 months maturation in both
American & French used oak
Total acid: 6.9g/l
pH: 3.59
Residual sugar: Dry, less than 1.0g/l


Additional Information

Weight 0.75 kg
Dimensions 10 x 10 x 35 cm
Quantity

x Case 6, Per Bottle, Case of 3, Case of 6, Case of 12, Case of 24