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2017 ST LEONARDS VINEYARD DURIF

STLEONARDS VINEYARD ★★★★★

This is benchmark durif, extracted sensitively before a run through an ancient basket press and maturation in French and American wood (16 months; 15% new) for half of the cuve. The remainder was kept in tank to retain fruit and freshness. The result is defined by the finely wrought saline tannins, highly detailed and crunchy; as much as it is by the opaque hue, the floral vibrancy and the cavalcade of dark fruit and coffee allusions. As elegant as it is sturdy; as curvaceous as it is pointed and long. 14.5% alc. 

 

 

 

 

 

 WINEMAKERS - Nick Brown and Chloe Earl

How should we enjoy this wine over the coming months? 

This is an excellent example of modern Rutherglen durif. It’s deeply coloured with lifted berry aromatics and a savoury rather than heavy palate, which is full and surprisingly soft, but carrying the typical solid durif tannin structure. With its firm flavour and tannins, it will complement rich winter favourites such as slow-cooked lamb shanks with red wine and garlic.

 

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