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Durif is the flagship red variety of Rutherglen and few make as good a fist of it as the Brown family at All Saints Estate. This is their top version of Durif, selected by the family as the wine destined to be tucked away in the cellar. The 2008 vintage is at the peak of its life, with plenty of powerful primary fruit still in the mix but with the softness and complexity that only comes with carefully managed time in bottle. If you have never tried a top quality Durif with some age, this is a rare opportunity to grab yourself a bottle.
What it Tastes Like
"Bright colour; beautifully perfumed and fragrant varietal bouquet, with freshness and definition on show; the palate delivers freshness and depth, with an attractive sweet spot of flavour on the mid-palate; long and luscious, but not over the top." - James Halliday (Australian Wine Companion)
94 points. "Bright colour; beautifully perfumed and fragrant varietal bouquet, with freshness and definition on show; the palate delivers freshness and depth, with an attractive sweet spot of flavour on the mid-palate; long and luscious, but not over the top." - James Halliday (Australian Wine Companion)
Hand picked fruit is fermented and steeped on its skins for three weeks before gentle pressing. As Durif has huge colour and can be extremely tannic if not handled carefully. So, the technique of long maceration, where the skins are left soaking for weeks, does seem inappropriate at first. However, given long enough, the tannins begin to soften and the structure of the wine is surprisingly supple when the time finally comes to pressing. After a wild fermentation it then spends 20 months ageing in barrel.
Closure: Screw Cap
Bottle Size: 750ml
Drink Until: 2020
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