Winemakers Reserve Durif, 2017
Taste Profile Where it's from
Durif is a full-bodied wine with powerful tannins and a dense structure. This is a lovely example which balances the power of the variety with dark spicy cherry and plum flavours, mellow oak, crisp acidity and ripe tannins. This is a wine which will age well for several years but can be enjoyed now with roasted meat dishes. A delicate floral note gives extra complexity from this rarely seen grape. - Andy Howard MW
About the Wine
Berton Vineyards was set up in 1996 in the premium location of Eden Valley, South Australia. With further investment in the Riverina area in 2007, Berton are now established as a major producer.
Berton uses its state of the art Yenda winery to process 20,000 tonnes every vintage, with a portfolio ranging from single vineyard wines to high-quality value for money offerings.
Durif is rarely found outside of Australia and California, as it is a variety that can be extremely tough and tannic when young. Durif is a cross between Syrah and the rare grape variety Peloursin, giving a deeply coloured wine with notable tannic structure for ageing, deep flavours of dark black fruit and the ability to age.
However, producers such as Berton are adept at making Durif’s that can be enjoyed young. The Winemakers Reserve has been matured in oak for four months to give some subtle oak nuances, allied with a palate full of blackberry, liquorice and anise.
Goes well with
A powerful wine, this has the concentration and flavour to stand up to all types of roasted meats and will make a great partner for barbecued rib-eye steak.
Despite the tannic structure, there is plenty of sweet fruit here, combined with some delicate violet aromas, which will also work well with roast lamb, venison casserole and most types of game.
Winemakers Reserve Durif
|Organic / Biodynamic||No / No|
|Vegetarian / Vegan||Yes / Yes|
|Volume||750ml (Full bottle)|