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. 


 


2016 - 91 POINTS - JAMES HALLIDAY - 2020 HALLIDAY WINE COMPANION


 

15 Doctor Durif Dry Red Wine

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  • 17 Doctor Durif Dry Red Wine

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This dry red wine is all about classic Durif richness and power without the decade-long wait for drinking perfection. Full-bodied and packed with intense berry, spice and dark chocolate flavours. It wouldn’t be Durif without tannins, but careful winemaking has ensured that these are well integrated and supple. The palate is richly flavoured, complemented by Durif's firm tannins are very well suited to hearty decadent meat dishes.

Our Rutherglen Durif is a wonderful red wine for ageing and this vintage of Durif 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.

Additional Information

Vintage 2017
Variety Durif
Alcohol 14.3%
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.

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.

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.

Variety

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 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!

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