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Buller Calliope Durif 2014
Rutherglen
Available in cases of 6
Calliope is the name of the original vineyard established by Reginald Langdon Buller in 1921. Calliope is also the Buller estate flagship, reserved for outstanding vintages. Durif has been grown at Rutherglen for over a century, arguably the world's most precious enclave, due to the long standing phyloxera quarantine. Rutherglen Durif is famous throughout the world, Calliope continues to endure as a wine of concentrated dark plum and brambleberry fruit, supported by the most statuesque, lingering tannins.
$3999each
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A hybrid grape with a curious history, Dr Durif originally crossed Shiraz with Peloursin in France during the latter part of the nineteenth century, creating a wonderfully fungus resistent varietal. The resultant wines proved not to be to French tastes and the Durif grape found it's way to vineyards in the new world. The Calliope property is famous for producing memorable, full bodied red wines, the most precious parcel of the Buller vineyards. The quality of Durif, picked off the distinguished Calliope block makes an outstanding wine, immediately evident even as the grapes are crushed. Components are matured two years in a selection of the most extravagant oak barrels and puncheons.
 
Almost opaque black colour, dark crimson at the rim. Sweet black berry fruit nose, a whiff of violets. Intense palate, flavours of sweet black berry fruits are joined by big grippy tannins. As the tannins slowly fade, they reveal notes of liquorice, tobacco and vanillin oak. Finish is long and lingering, as the sweet viscous fruit character returns. A Rutherglen of controlled intensity and might, seamlessly layered with profound tannin structure.
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Campbells Barkly Durif 2010
Rutherglen
Rutherglen may have the only major plantings of genuine Durif in the world, due to the Phylloxera vine disease. Rutherglen can also lay claim to the oldest productive examples in all of Australia. From within their quarantined vineyards at Rutherglen, Campbell's have been the protagonists of Durif for generations. Unquestionably, Durif at its finest, Campbells release The Barkly only in years when vintage conditions are exceptional.
$4299each
$515DOZEN
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The Durif of Rutherglen is unique, nowhere else in Australia are wines of such immense richness and power made from the variety. So rare is Durif that little exists outside Rutherglen. The few vines that have survived elsewhere produce such a different wine from the Rutherglen Durif that it is almost certain they are grown from a different clone. Barkly is what Colin Campbell believes Durif from Rutherglen should be. The vital ingredient is the climate, typically long, warm and dry autumn ripening periods. Choice parcels of the best fruit are vinified on skins in closed fermenters for six days followed by eighteen months maturation in a combination of American and French oak barriques. Alcohol 15.5%
 
Dark plum colour with ruby highlights. A fragrant nose of lavender, violet and raspberry over hints of dark chocolate and freshly ground coffee bean. Appealing red fruits upon entry with plum, mulberry and raspberry. A touch of varietal aniseed and ground clove adds interest, with a svelte tannin structure and finely integrated mocha oak rounding out the finish.
Campbells Shiraz Durif 2014
Rutherglen
Available by the dozen
The Campbells of Rutherglen are one of the nation's great winemaking dynasties, internationally recognized for their profound expressions of profoundly Australian Shiraz. They remain custodians to some of the world's last remaining plantings of pre-phyloxera Durif. Two of Rutherglen's defining varietal grapes have been assembled into a finely integrated, complex and engaging wine. The Shiraz component contributes full flavours with spicy berry fruit, Durif adds violet and black cherry characters, solid structure with length and a firm tannin finish.
$1599each
$191DOZEN
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Durif was first planted at Rutherglen in 1908 after being recommended by Francois de Castella, the Victorian Government's viticultural expert, who brought Durif back to Australia following a study tour of France. No other wine grape in Australia has created such a strong association with a single region as Durif with Rutherglen. The region's warm and dependable climate is in many ways similar to the Rhone, it comes as no surprise that Shiraz and Durif flourish here. Fruit is normally harvested in March and fermented on skins for a week. Following vinification and assembly of components, the wine is matured six months in a selection of French and American oak casks. Alcohol 13.8%
 
Deep crimson red. Fragrant and complex, Shiraz shows lifted plum fruit and cinnamon spice, Durif adds black cherry and earth characters. Shiraz predominates, providing lifted raspberry fruit on the palate, the lesser proportion of Durif makes its presence known with choc-berry flavours and aniseed over fine grained, lingering tannins. Well balanced and ready to enjoy upon release, the ideal wine to share with good friends around a grill of juicy meats.
Coldstone Zibbibo Rose
Alpine
Available by the dozen
Coldstone has taken the pick of their Muscat crop and fashioned an irresistible, effervescent Rose. The post-modern pink wine with an easy to enjoy flavour profile, fresh and lively, packed with intense aromas, displaying a creamy, fruity palate. Zibbibo Rose is the perfect party sparkler to put the festive touch into every occasion.
$1299each
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Victorian Alps Winery has spent many years crafting wines for some of Australia's most recognizable labels. The alpine breezes, high rainfall and spring runoffs provide abundant clear, fresh water. The cool ripening conditions prevent high levels of transpiration in the grapes, retaining natural acids, sugars and esters. Zibibbo is inoculated by aromatic yeasts and vinified at cool temperatures as low as 8C. The fermentation is arrested when the aromatics and flavour characteristics achieve perfect balance, and the wine is still slightly sweet. A small addition of Durif is assembled into the finished Cuvee to achieve the vibrant pink colour and infuse the wine with spicy berry aromas. Approx 7.5%
 
A vibrant pink colour, persistent mousse. Bouquets of summer berries and cherry, fully aromatic with floral characters and hints of spice. The palate comes alive, raspberry and strawberry, creamy textures coat the tongue with luscious pink fruit as the wine culminates in a long, lingering finish of fresh citrus. Enjoy with summer stonefruit granita, but Zibbibo Rose is great just by itself.
Connor Park Durif 2005
Bendigo
Available by the dozen
The Connor Park vineyards were planted by industrialist Tom Connor in the 1960s, with a view to establishing a test site for the development of the automatic grape harvester. It was acquired by the Lougoons in the 1980s, a family of pastoralists who learned quickly about the synergy between grazing and winemaking. A small parcel of closely cosseted Durif vines at Lake Marmal near Bendigo, yields a precious harvest of world class Durif grapes. A powerful, opaque wine with sizeable tannin, countered by a palate of remarkable intensity and profound length.
$2199each
$263DOZEN
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Ross and Robyn Lougoon divide their time between running a flock of 1800 merino sheep through dry and dusty paddocks, while growing premium dryland grapes to craft award winning wines. Livestock and vineyards are a perfect match, mutually compatible and holistic, an idyll for viticulture. Durif is all picked by hand, crushed and fermented while being hand plunged in open vats, adjacent to the sheep yards. Traditional vinification techniques are employed with the least possible human intervention. Upon completion, components are gently basket pressed into a selection of American oak barrels for a year's maturation. Only a few hundred cases of Connor Park Durif are produced each year.
 
Deep, bright crimson, you immediately know this is a serious wine. Intense black cherry and gunsmoke nose, raspberries and anise, olive and dried herb. The palate does not let you down, full bodied, intense black plum flavours and smokey oak, rich fruit dominates, supported by firm tannin structure and a veneer of background oak. A no brainer alongside char grilled steak.
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Deen Vat 1 Durif 2015
Riverina
Durif has been grown in the Riverina for many years, where it produces strong heady wines with good colour, excellent tannins and exciting varietal fruit characters. A native of the Valley Rhone with a susceptibility to rot under inhospitably cooler climes, De Bortoli's Durif is grown to sunny vineyards in the Riverina which favour the grape and stimulate the development of piquant flavours. A medium bodied yet intensely flavoured red wine with upfront Durif complexity, supported by firm tannins and supple oak.
$999each
$119DOZEN
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De Bortoli have much experience with Durif and retain some of finest Riverina vineyards, especially trained to yield this unique grape variety. Dry weather and warm sunny days with low crop levels achieve wines of balance and intensity. Fruit is selected by the winemakers themselves on the basis of bold varietal flavour and complete physiological ripeness, components are handled in small parcels. Following harvest and the crush, the musts are treated to a cold soak before being vinified for a week on skins at temperatures between 22C and 25C. Following completion of ferments and malolactic, batches are filled to oak for a judicious course of maturation. Alcohol 14.5%
 
Deep crimson with vibrant purple hues. Layers of spice on the bouquet, rich red fruits and chocolate aromas with savoury oak. A rich and generous palate displaying spicy dark fruit over a structure of firm, well balanced tannins and supported by carefully integrated oak. A match with slow braised ox cheek, osso bucco or pot roast.
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Hanwood Estate Shiraz Viognier 2005
A solidly fruit focused, complex Shiraz Viognier, with a tot of Durif providing Je Ne Sais Quoi. Dry, arid conditions prevailed around southeast Australia's winegrowing regions, yet below average temperatures were experienced – very similar to the conditions of the classic 2002 vintage. The result was a refined and delicately flavoured Shiraz Viognier, with amazing depth of flavour and virility. 27.6% Hilltops, 25.7% Limestone Coast, 12.9% Heathcote, 11.4% Orange, 7.8% Riverina, 6.1% Barossa Valley, 3.1% Eden Valley, 3.1% Fleurieu, 2.3% Yarra Valley.
$999each
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92.6 per cent Shiraz, 5%7 per cent Viognier, 1.7 per cent Durif. The fruit was fermented in a mixture of static and open top fermenters, for six days on skins. They wine was headed down up to eight times a day to extract the greatest colour and fruit flavours. The gentle method of draining and returning twice daily was undertaken to assist in colour and flavour development, and impart a soft tannin influence to the wine. After pressing, approximately 60 per cent of the wine finished fermentation in contact with oak staves and a portion (20 per cent) transferred to one to three year old French and American oak barrels for up to nine months maturation. Alcohol 13.5% PH 3.5 Acidity 6.5g/L.
 
Colour is a crimson red, with purple hues. Black plums, white pepper and lifted violets combine with hints of apricot and grapefruit from the Viognier. Plum fruit flavours and black spice dominate the palate. Rosewood-like tannins, huge on flavours, blackberry and tar, blueberry and earth, sweet acony leather and mild gumleaf. A bit of raw cocoa, wet slippery nutella and strawberry-like characters, well integrated oak and lifted white pepper nuances complement the soft, juicy finish. A hugely successfull food wine, that holds it's own and would bring great enjoyment to complicated faire like Moroccan lamb with cous cous. Drinking well now or can be cellared carefully for up to two more years.
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High Plains Durif 2004
King Valley
Fruit is sourced from a single vineyard located high on the northern facing slopes of King Valley. The winemaking team taste and assess fruit as it ripens on the vine every few days, to ensure a harvest of optimal ripeness and ideal tannin. Vertically shoot positioned vines and double wire trellising permit maximum penetration of sunlight through the canopy, vital for Durif to develop fully as it requires greater sunlight than other grapes. A brave, mouth filling high country wine to accompany baked pasta, braises and grills.
$1599each
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Sam Miranda grew up amongst the vines of Griffith but he became inspired by the quality of King Valley fruit and natural beauty of the Victorian high country. He established vines along the scenic roadway to Falls Creek and Mt Hotham in the 1990s. Miranda now retain access to the finest harvests of Durif in the Victorian alpines. Fruit is crushed into traditional three tonnes open fermenters, inoculated, vinified and hand plunged twice daily to maximise extraction of flavour, colour and tannin from the grape skins. After a fortnight of ferments and a course maceration, batches are filled to a selection of seasoned and new French oak barrels for a year's maturation and light egg white fining before bottling.
 
Bright violet red hues. Aromatic yet elegantly poised, cherry chocolate notes, blueberries over sweet chocolate oak, currants and spiced mulberry nose. Richly textured palate, ripe tannin structure in support of berry fruit flavours, currants, carob and plum, framed by delicately spiced French vanilla pod oak, lingering long and lasting on a clean, satisfying finish.
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Morris of Rutherglen Durif 2010
Rutherglen
George Francis Morris established a small vineyard in 1859, just two miles east of the current Mia Mia Morris family wineworks. The first Durif vines were planted in the 1920s but it was not until Mick Morris, the first Morris family winemaker to be university educated, released his Durif under the pseudonym Claret in 1954. A Rutherglen specialty, Durif is a characteristically big wine, originally imported from Hermitage by Victoria's legendary viticulturalist Francois de Castella circa 1908.
$2299each
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The finest parcels of Rutherglan Durif are harvested and crushed into open fermenters. The small berries yield a great concentration of flavours with high alcohol, dark colour and soft tannins, making a style of wine that's renowned for structure and longevity. Vinification is controlled, initially at cooler temperatures to maintain fresh varietal fruit characters, gradually rising to warmer temperatures, for optimal extractions of good colour and fine tannins. After several days of open ferments, batches are pressed into an equal balance of seasoned and new, American and French oak hogsheads for completion of malolactic and two years maturation before the final assemblage. Alcohol 14.3%
 
Deep brickish red with purple hues. Lifted fresh aromas of ripe blackcurrant and spicy fruits, complexed by a subtle influence of cedar. Rich, supple, concentrated berry flavours integrated with fruit and oak tannins, a very good length of flavour. A magical drink to acccompany meats and grills, heaven sent for rare sirloin, the perfect match to venison and game.
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Morris of Rutherglen Sparkling Shiraz Durif NV
Rutherglen
Rutherglen is possibly the only productive enclave of world class Durif wines anywhere on earth. It also yields a quality of Shiraz that's unique in the world of wine, by virtue of the region's quarantine of vines due to phyloxera. The Morris family have been making wine at Rutherglen since 1859. Within thirty years of establishment, their flourishing operations had made Morris the largest wine producer in the southern hemisphere. Introductions aside, Morris make an effervescent red wine of remarkable intensity, richness and class.
$1999each
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Morris draw upon barrels of maturing stock from across several vintages to assemble a generously flavoured yet brilliantly integrated red wine, before initiating a secondary bottle fermentation and liqueur doseage. Historically Shiraz has been the variety used in Australian sparkling reds, but by adding components of the world renowned Rutherglen Durif, extra complexity and balance has been imparted to the flavour. A range of older vintages are balanced against younger wines, which are used to provide the fruit lift. After assembling all components, the wine is bottled with an addition of Rutherglen yeast and allowed twelve to eighteen months contact before disgorging and resealing under tirage.
 
Medium to full depth crimson, a generous purple mousse. Rich fruit bouquets, Shiraz spice, yeast complexity and a hint of oak maturation. Rich and full flavoured palate, plum and blackberry and fruit jam flavours, chocolates and dusty carob over gentle, soft tannins. The powerful flavours linger long, complex and rich, a strawberry tang and licorice spice balance the excellent sweetness.
Rutherglen Estates Red 2013
Rutherglen
Available by the dozen
RED is made for real red wine enthusiasts, a mouthfilling peppery Shiraz wine with a component of Durif. Rutherglen has the soils and climate to ripen fruit evenly and completely, allowing the development of engrossing complexities. Rutherglen is in a declared phylloxera quarantine, which means all the grapes grown within the region have to be vinified locally, itself a guarantee of quality. Crafted to encourage the development of bright, fresh berry flavours and juicy tannins which complement the complexity of exciting barrel ferment characters.
$1599each
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Rutherglen Estates was born after an extensive search for the area most suitable to produce an innovative range of wines. The region has been made famous globally for producing big jucy reds, and especially for its precious parcels of world class Durif. Recognising and harnessing the region's enormous potential, Rutherglen Estates has now established an international reputation for producing quality wine from some of the most distinguished old vines in Australia. Following the harvest, grapes are chilled and soaked forty eight hours prior to inoculation with spicy yeast cultures. Batches are separately matured up to nine months under a combination of French and American oaks before assemblage. Alcohol 14.5%
 
In true Rutherglen style, a wonderful depth of colour, to state the obvious - it is RED! Fine aromas, peppery, berries and brambles, intense spice. Palate follows through with the pepper and spice of Rutherglen Shiraz and a background of rich Durif, which contributes the blackberry fruit, licorice, aniseed and chocolate characters, as well as firming the tannins for a complete red wine.
Stanton Killeen Durif 2011
Rutherglen
Available by the dozen
One of Australia's finest examples of the abstruse hybrid grape, an accord of Shiraz and Peloursin, grown to one of the world's most exclusive appellations, crafted by one of Australia's most capable custodians of Durif. A history of phyloxera has served to quarantined the vines and preserve the sacred old rootstock. Rutherglen is fortuitously endowed with the most precious productive parcels of Durif anywhere in the world. A meaty, toothsome wine of dense loganberry fruit flavours, dusky pastille and mouthcoating bitter chocolate tannins.
$3799each
$455DOZEN
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Rutherglen has gained a reputation for full bodied dry reds with singular ageing potential. The Stanton & Killeen property sprawls over a roll of picturesque, gently undulating farm country. It is the local history and traditions that make Stanton & Killeen central to the history of Rutherglen and development of winemaking in Australia. Some of the original vineyards planted by Jack Stanton in 1921 are still in production and yield some of the finest fruit in the district. Norman Killeen married Jack's daughter and joined in the family business to establish Stanton and Killeen. A harvest of Rutherglen's finest Durif is vinified and aged fifteen months in a combination of new and prior use French and American oak barrels. Alcohol 12.5%
 
Dark scarlet colour. A strong varietal bouquet displaying hints of violet, cinnamon and cloves with a mix of crushed dark berries. The full bodied palate shows great appeal with spicy fruit flavours including berries and plums which are rounded out with some clean toasty oak. An outstanding balance of fruit, acid and tannin structure.
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