Rutherglen Durif 2014 Limited Release
Opaque ruby red. Full black cherries, plum with a lifted floral edge, the integrated oak adds depth spice and a hint of char. Intense dark cherry and black plum fruit fill the mouth and
slowly give way to the texture of the wine which provides ironstone and coffee grounds complexity. The wine finishes with the lingering dark fruit supported with char, aniseed and
very fine mouth coating tannin.
Fruit was harvested in April and fermented on skins for 7 days. The wine then spent 21 months in French and American Puncheons prior to bottling.
The 2014 Rutherglen Durif is an intensely rich and concentrated wine, a result of the October 2013 frost that reduced yields but increased fruit quality. The long Rutherglen ripening period has produced a wine full of flavour, balanced with structure and length. Ideal now with full flavoured char grilled meats, or cellar for 10 years, when an aged rib eye will be more than suitable.
"Our Rutherglen Durif, made from the original Durif of Rutherglen clone, is a rare variety that flourishes in Rutherglen. Durif is renowned for its powerful tannins and usually requires some bottle age prior to drinking. However, our Rutherglen Durif has been carefully nurtured, through the use of sophisticated winemaking techniques, to produce a wine able to be enjoyed whilst young." - Colin Campbell