Durif bottle



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Durif goes particularly well with any protein based food, especially a juicy steak.

Up to 10 years.

Durif [dyoor-if; DUR-if]


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Vintage Conditions

Vintage 2014 was relatively interesting and after a frost early in the season, it panned out quite well for both our white and red wines. Spring saw average weather conditions followed by a hot, dry spell during late summer. The early frost decreased our yields but careful management of the vines including timely watering during a particularly hot period in late January, kept the vines stress free and in excellent condition.

Tasting Notes

Durif is a red grape variety whose origins are in southern Rhône region of France. No longer recognised in France, most plantings of Durif are now in northern Victoria and California USA, where it is known as Petit Sirah. Durif has small indelibly coloured berries and highly tannic skin. It is known for it’s incredible inky colour, full flavour, firm tannins, and ability to age and cellar well. Durif is ideally suited to Rutherglen, as it is a late ripening variety, requiring a warm climate and an extended ripening period to develop its full flavour and structural potential. Durif has been grown in Rutherglen for over a century. The particular Rutherglen ’clone’ has developed an intensity and complexity of aroma, flavour and structure that is not seen in any other region of the world, justifying Durif’s recognition as Rutherglen’s icon variety. Our Durif has an incredible depth of colour and flavour. Intense varietal berry and stewed cherry notes, mixed fruit spice, licorice, chocolate and cedar from elegant oak enhancement.

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Our Durif is deliberately picked at varying stages of ripeness, not only to maximise the broad spectrum of flavours and aromas that the variety can display, but to produce a balanced, well structured and refined wine without the excessive alcohol levels with which Durif wines are often associated. Fruit is harvested at cool temperatures and then soaked for 48 hours before inoculation and fermentation with a spicy Rhone yeast. The finished wine is aged for up to 18 months in a combination of French and American oak barrels.  We leave a percentage in stainless steel tanks to maintain the fresh fruit flavours.

Wine Detail & Analysis

Variety: Durif
Region: Rutherglen, North East Victoria
Harvest date:
Release date: February 2016
Alcohol: 15.2%
Oak treatment: Combination of Puncheons and Hogshead.  Combination of French and American and a small amount of Hungarian.
Total acid: 6.1
pH: 3.63
Residual sugar: Dry


  • Silver Medal at 2016 Cairns Wine Show
  • Silver Medal at 2016 Rutherglen Wine Show
  • Silver Medal at 2016 NE Vic Wine Challenge
  • Bronze at 2016 Cowra Wine Show
  • Bronze at 2017  Cowra Wine Show
  • 90 Points from James Halliday (Wine Companion, 2018)

Industry Reviews


“Inky, slippery, plum, mulberry and blackcurrant deliciousness in a full bodied (though not overly heavy) frame. Shows lovely toasty oak in support, velvety tannins and refreshing acidity.”

Huon Hooke (87/100)

"Saturated black/purple colour, which stains the glass. The bouquet is smoky, burnt-timber and cooked blood plums. The wine is very bold, tannic and young. It's raw and undeveloped and needs time. The tannins and general aggression mean that it's difficult to drink now." 2016-06-23


Matthew Jukes

"OK – Rutherglen Estates is one of the most faithful contributors to St Mary’s House of Welcome over the years and they are also one of the finest purveyors of might red wines in Australia. I say this because the grape which they wield with awesome accuracy is Durif. This is the grape which is also called Petit Sirah in California where some incarnations fetch astronomical prices at auction. I am bemused as to why Australia hasn’t caught on to this hidden gem. Anyway, this is a ridiculously rich wine with layers and layers of plum, blackcurrant, leather, spice and fig and I have served it last this evening because every single person in this glorious Hall can swirl, sniff, swirl more and sniff more and coax out if this wine all of the elemental power and prowess is has in spades. On the one hand this is a classic. Full stop. On the other, for a different generation, this is a wine which is a future hero and standard bearer for an entire country!"

Additional Information

Weight 0.75 kg
Dimensions 10 x 10 x 35 cm

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