Limited Release Durif Lowres

2014

Limited Release Durif

Per Bottle
$32.00
Case Of 6
$192.00

Durif loves game, venison and stronger meats, and is great with slow cooked hearty winter casseroles and roasts. We recommend kangaroo pie served with red currant jelly or individual beef wellingtons with mustard creme fraiche.

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.

Winemaking

The wine that makes up this limited release Durif was deliberately picked for its intensity and typical varietal flavours of prunes, liquorice and chocolate. We aimed to produce a balanced, well structured and refined wine. The fruit is harvested at cool temperatures and fermented with a spicy Rhone yeast. The finished wine was aged for 18 months in a combination of French and American oak barrels. We hand
selected the barrels for the limited release after initially blending the Renaissance Durif. Due to the strength of the vintage for Durif and the quality of the barrels we tasted we did not want to blend away this wine into our Estate Range Durif instead deciding to produce this limited release.

Awards

Variety: Durif
Region: Rutherglen, North East Victoria
Harvest date: February/March 2014
Release date: March 2016
Alcohol: 15.0%
Oak treatment: Combination of French and
American Puncheons and Hogshead. 43%
New Oak, 25% 1 year old and the balance a
combination of older oak.
Total acid: 6.1g/L
pH: 3.61
Residual sugar: Dry


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