2010 All Saints Durif Rutherglen
Once again, this is an outstanding example of balanced, fresh, complex and compelling durif; the bouquet is loaded with ample sweet black fruits, layers of spice and a little gamey complexity; the palate is full-bodied and fresh, with an expansive profile and a myriad of possibilities for interesting food and wine pairing; lovely stuff.
Petite Sirah has a dedicated following and familiar expression from California, but is labelled here under its more correct varietal name of Durif in this botting from Australia. The grape has a long history in Rutherglen parallel to that of California. Durif was named for the man that originally propegated it in the 1880s as a crossing of Syrah and Peloursin. From the winery: "Dense dark colour with a bouquet of violets, ripe berry flavours and a seriously tannic backbone. This is Durif as it should be."