Story: Durif originates from southern France and was created in 1880 by Dr Durif from a cross between the varieties Syrah and Peloursin.
Vintage: The 2018 growing season started slowly, but warmer weather eventually helped to speed things up. Fruit set throughout the region was good and the low rainfall and warm weather from January to April resulted in great sugar development, while a cooler than average March offered ideal night temperatures for colour and flavour development.
Nose: The nose is rich and complex with lots of ripe red fruit and a hint of black pepper.
Palate: The palate is big and bold with a rich mouthful of smooth red fruits and spice, followed by beautiful structure and depth.
Pairing: Try with a roasted rib eye on the bone served with balsamic glazed root vegetables.
Oak maturation: 21 months in seasoned French oak.
Cellaring: Drink now or to 2026
Winemaker: Shane Harris