The Barkly Durif 2008SOLD OUT
Dark garnet with lighter ruby highlights toward the rim. Lifted notes of violet, lavender and scented raspberry sit above a core of dark blueberry and blood plum fruit. Strikingly elegant at first with a full spectrum of red and black fruit characters up front. The wine builds in weight and intensity with generous fruit flavour, fine but firm fruit tannins, and seasoned oak playing a supporting role. There is a subtle savoury note woven through the wine that counters the riper fruit characters nicely, and will continue to add interest and complexity as the wine ages.
Selected parcels of premium fruit were fermented on skins in closed fermenters for six days, and then aged in a combination of American and French puncheons for 24 months.
The 2008 release of The Barkly Durif is a perfect example of what we strive to achieve with this iconic Rutherglen variety. A rich and powerful wine that is structured, balanced, and maintains certain elegance. The wine is approachable in its youth, but the impressive fruit weight, and firm tannin structure of the wine suggests a cellaring potential of 12-15 years. Enjoy in its youth with a rack of lamb or as a mature wine with a slow cooked rib eye steak.
"The Barkly is what we believe durif from the Rutherglen Wine Region should be. Unquestionably, it is durif at its finest. Campbells release The Barkly only in years when vintage conditions are exceptional for Durif." - Colin Campbell