Durif Riverina New South Wales
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.
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.
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.