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All Saints Estate Durif 2016

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All Saints Estate Durif 2016

The local hero of Rutherglen, durif is perfectly suited to the region’s long, dry, mild climate, allowing for intense, rich fruit flavour development. This premium red is full of classic spice, black pepper, plum and mulberry. It’s dense full flavour, rich, smooth tannins and elegant oak make it a perfect partner for hearty winter dishes. Try it with rich beef fillets, lamb stews, steak and kidney pie or strongly flavoured cheeses.

This is a great wine to cellar if you have the patience. Give it 5-8 years, but make sure you decant before serving as it will throw some sediment.

Country: Australia
State: Victoria
Region: Rutherglen
Variety: Durif
Alcohol Vol: 14.5 
Vintage: 2016
Closure: Screwcap
Character: Black Fruit, Sweet Spice, Pungent Spice, Rich
Volume: 750

Tasting Notes

The fruit was destemmed and crushed into our old 7 tonne fermenters before being inoculated with yeast for fermentation. Hand plunging was done three times a day during the early stages of fermentation, then reduced to two per day till the ferment was finished. Pressing was then done using our 130 year old hand-cranked wooden basket press, this gentle press allows us to get all the wine out but not over extract the tannins.

Food Matching
The rich flavours and firm tannins of Durif are very well suited to hearty dishes. Try pairing it with rich Beef Bourguignon or some sticky Rosemary lamb shanks cooked in red wine in the slow cooker.

Cellaring Potential
Durif has a deserved reputation as a great red wine for ageing. This wine too has great depth of fruit, plenty of tannin and enough acidity to keep it balanced and improving for 5 to 8 years.

New and old oak barriques and puncheons for 18 months and it was bottled in December 2016.

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