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2016

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

The 2016 growing season got underway like a shot after Rutherglen had received average winter rainfall, whilst most of the rest of Victoria received very little rain. Budburst was normal, however October was
6°C above average and the vines grew strongly after its perfect start. The vines kept up being ahead of the average schedule with a fine, dry October and November. From then on, summer was slightly above average temperatures, but dry with perfect ripening conditions. Due to the faster than normal
ripening, vintage started slightly early but finished four weeks earlier than average - it was a very compressed vintage. There were constant warm days, without too many days over 40°C. In summary, the
season was ideal for growing grapes and the outcome is an above average year in Rutherglen for most varieties. The reds in particular look strong.

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: 84.5% Shiraz, 15.5% Durif
Region: Rutherglen, North East Victoria
Harvest date: February, 2016
Release date: March, 2018
Alcohol: 15.27%
Oak treatment: 12 months maturation in both
American & French used oak
Total acid: 6.5g/l
pH: 3.56
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