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Andy Kalleske unashamedly loves big reds. And this one is his Giant. Farmed on his hallowed block in the Koonunga sub-region of the Barossa Valley, this Durif embodies both the power and the poise that the Barossa is famous for. This is one of the first of its kind from the famous region, but given the obvious synergy that the Barossa has with powerhouse reds, it seems like a match made in heaven. It's a bold wine to be sure, but it's polished also making it brilliant drinking now or if you like, let this Giant sleep for more than a decade's time.
What it Tastes Like
"Grown at Koonunga in the Barossa's north. Dark colour and flavour, with inky blackberry and leather sinking further into depths of bitumen. Warm and generous with a sweet sense of fruit purity." - James Halliday (Australian Wine Companion)
92 points. "Grown at Koonunga in the Barossa's north. Dark colour and flavour, with inky blackberry and leather sinking further into depths of bitumen. Warm and generous with a sweet sense of fruit purity." - James Halliday (Australian Wine Companion)
Durif is one of Australia’s undiscovered gems. People in the know, I suspect, keep quiet about it so as not to arouse too much competition for what is, after all, a scarce bottle of wine. Atze’s Corner is one of the only wineries in the Barossa Valley to have planted Durif and based on this result more should follow. Mind you, Andy Kalleske did plant his Durif on prime vineyard land in the famous Koonunga sub-region of the Barossa so it is off to a great start. Named “The Giant” in tribute to an overly tall, Barossa settler, the wine fully lives up to that description in all respects. Just look at that colour! It’s a luminous purple black, astonishing. Don’t risk a clean white shirt while drinking this wine. The bouquet is as opulent as the wine is deep in colour; sweet spices mingle with black cherries. The palate continues the theme of intensity with vivid dark fruits; cherries, plums and blackberries. For a variety noted for its robust tannins this wine has got them fully corralled and under control. Tannins there are but the fruit is so rich that they meld seamlessly giving the wine some backbone and future, but not, by any means, preventing you enjoying it right now. You’ll need some pretty hearty food to match with The Giant; try it with a T bone steak. Andy, who not only grows these grapes but makes the wine too, reckons this will keep until 2030. If you have a good cellar and even better will power I’m confident that it will go longer. The screwcap will ensure that whenever you open it the wine will be in top condition. Decanting would be a good idea to allow the wine to open up for an hour or so before you serve it.
Closure: Screw Cap
Bottle Size: 750ml
The Barossa has a big reputation. Big in every sense of the word. Known for producing blockbusting examples of impenetrable old vine Shiraz and Grenache envied by much of the world, it is a region that should be celebrated as the region that first put Australian wine on the map. Now, with a new generation of winemakers reinventing the region, there’s more than just power in the Barossa’s bag of tricks. With a move toward picking earlier and pulling back on oak maturation, there’s a fresher, more subtle side to Barossa wine which offers plenty to the modern Australian wine lover.
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