Durif Rutherglen Victoria
Viticulturist David Dunn, winemaker Roland Kaval and cellar rat Danny Shaw have joined forces to produce a single vineyard Durif, in the traditionally rich, hearty style for which Rutherglen is justifiably famous. Pound for pound, Durif delivers intensity of colour and flavour above all other red varietals. Rutherglen yields the world's most outstanding Durif, planted to ancient pre phyloxera rootstock. The distinction and exclusivity of the Rutherglen appellation is secured by a ban on replanting of any vines outside of the region, for quarantine reasons.
Roland Kaval specializes in pure wines and varietal blends, often crafted for palates outside Australia, always with a view to fashioning the finest example of the style possible. Roland completed an Honours Degree in Biochemistry from Monash University and an Applied Science Degree Oenology at Roseworthy. He then spent several years as a chemist in the brewing industry before embarking on a career winemaking career in 1982. Roland has worked for companies in varying capacities from production to sales and marketing before setting up his own winemaking consultancy in 1997. The very talented Mr. Kaval lectures in wine appreciation and is a guest taster with Winestate magazine.
Deep and impenetrable crimson red colour. Virile aromas of red and black currants, concentrated blackberry, liquorice and spice. A full bodied palate of dark fruits and creamy, coconut oak is supported by ripe tannins. Extroardinary length of flavour at the finish, lingering with gummy red licorice textures and vibrant peppery chocolate varietal characters. An immensely flavoursome wine even when young, the ideal suitor to a char grilled rib or T-bone steak.