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15 Doctor Durif Dry Red Wine

17 St Leonards Vineyard The Doctor Durif

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Perfect with decadent meat dishes, Doctor Durif recommends a glass of this fine Australian wine whenever you feel the need for something superb.

This wine is vegan-friendly. 




Perfect with decadent meat dishes, Doctor Durif recommends a glass of this fine Australian wine whenever you feel the need for something superb.

This wine is vegan-friendly. 




Free Standard Delivery - Orders over $150 View Delivery Info

  • Vintage


  • Alcohol


  • Variety


  • Cellaring

    5-8 years

  • Goes Well With

    braised beef, game, red meat, roast beef, steak

The Range

We have developed a unique brand around the Durif variety. Durif is a cross between Shiraz and the almost unknown Peloursin variety. Developed by Dr Francois Durif a little over 100 years ago the variety was intended for the warm, dry climates of Southern France, it is no surprise that it has flourished in Rutherglen.

The Wine

Colour: Inky-dark. Opaque through the glass, but tilt it far enough over and a strikingly vibrant purple rim can be glimpsed. Nose: We think Durif should be pretty, not grubby or grunty and this is particularly important in the aromatics. This is Durif as we like it, gorgeous wafts of blueberries and violets with some lovely chocolaty notes. Palate: This wine is all about classic Durif richness and power without the decade-long wait for drinking perfection. Full-bodied and packed with intense berry flavours, spice and dark chocolate characters. It wouldn’t be Durif without tannins, but careful winemaking has ensured that these are well integrated, soft and supple, whilst still letting you know what is in the glass!


Durif is a local hero that flourishes in North East Victoria and is sometimes called Rutherglen Durif. Our long, warm Autumn days give the grapes plenty of time to develop their intense colour and rich flavours.


The fruit is harvested and then brought back to the winery to be crushed and destemmed before fermentation. Fermented in our historic open vats, hand plunged two or three times a day during fermentation and then pressed off through the 1883 basket press into tank. A portion remains in tank with the balance being matured in 3-4 year old French oak barriques and puncheons for 18 months. The wine is then blended prior to bottling. This is a wine of outrageous colour and intensity and lovely freshness.

Food Matching

The rich flavours and firm tannins of Durif are very well suited to hearty dishes. A simply splendid beef pie would go down a treat.

Cellaring Potential

Durif is a great red wine for ageing. This vintage has plenty of tannin and enough acidity to keep the wine balanced and improving for 5 to 8 years. However it will throw some sediment so is best decanted before serving.


2015 Doctor Durif Reviews

“Gorgeous fruit and mouth-filling texture while the tannins play good support but not overly so. Tannin management is a feature of this wine, most definitely, but then it is in keeping with the general Brown family philosophy with the grape.” Jeni Port, March 2018

“It is rearing to go, complete with the traditional deep dark, brooding inky colour, big pungent typical Durif aromas and a big mouthful of rich Durif flavours, including a good dollop of rich Christmas cake BUT unlike the ‘monsters’ it has a ubber smooth finish without the chunky tannins usually seen in youngsters” 
Dan Traucki, Wine Assist, March 2018

“Intensely coloured and immensely delicious, this gorgeous rendition displays blackberry, dark plum, cocoa, hazelnut and vanilla notes on the nose. The palate is superbly concentrated and weighted, delivering waves of delectable flavours and rich texture, wonderfully framed by fine, chalky tannins. The wine is sumptuous and gratifying.” Sam Kim, Wine Orbit, March 2018

"Damson plums and backstrap licorice, cedary and laced with cinnamon. While full-bodied, the ripe tannins are sandy, and overall it's not a big wine. A whiff of dusty old oak, in an old cellar, is pleasing. And there's freshness to this, making it immediately accessible." Halliday Wine Companion, July 2018

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We deliver Australia wide for the following costs per delivery:
Albury/Local Area $6.00
Melbourne/Canberra $14.00
Sydney/Adelaide $14.00
Brisbane/Gold Coast/Sunshine Coast $16.00
Country VIC/NSW/SA $16.00
Tasmania $26.00
Perth $29.00
Country QLD $29.00
NT/Country WA $36.00


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