Durif King Valley Victoria
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.
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.