Well, I’ll be damned. Durif from the Granite Belt. And it’s a smashing drink too. Nothing like having your preconceptions challenged. Apparently it’s a bugger of a variety in the vineyard, requiring a lot of hard work to net the end result.
Firstly, don’t expect a Rutherglen profile. There’s more finesse here and less raw power (and alcohol). Sweet purple and blue berries, vanilla oak, damp earth, cumin, clove, nutmeg and pepper. Layered flavours, flesh to match structure and plenty of presence without seeming bulky or plodding. No alcohol heat either. The tannins are ferrous and the finish is long. A welcome addition to the Australian wine landscape. 93
Region: Granite Belt
Tasted: December 2013