Limited Release Rutherglen Durif 2016

Campbells Rutherglen Durif is made from the original Durif of Rutherglen clone, a rare variety that flourishes in Rutherglen, Australia. Durif (Petite Sirah) is renowned for its powerful tannins and usually requires some bottle age prior to drinking. However, Campbells Rutherglen Durif has been carefully nurtured, through the use of sophisticated winemaking techniques, to produce a wine that can also be enjoyed in its youth.

About the Vineyard

Rutherglen in Victoria, Australia is blessed with long and gently warm Summer/Autumn. There is very rarely a threat of rain until April and May and this ensures that that late ripening varieties such as Durif tend to grow beautifully well in our region and produce wines with great aromatics and elegance.

Tasting Notes

Opaque ruby red. Full black cherries on the nose with a lifted floral edge. The integrated oak ads depth, spice and a hint of char. Intense dark cherry and black plum fruit fill the mouth and slowly give way to a beautiful texture and aromas of ironstone and coffee grounds. The wine finishes with lingering dark fruit, char and very fine tannin.

Food Pairing

Ideal now with full flavored char grilled meats, or cellar for 10 years, when an aged rib eye will be more than suitable.

Production Info
Vineyard size
8 acres
Soil composition
Iron-rich, Clay-Loam, and Sandy-Loam
Training method
VSP and Espalier
Elevation
578 feet
Vines/acre
2,750
Yield/acre
2.6 tons
Exposure
Various
Harvest time
March
First vintage of this wine
1980
Bottles produced of this wine
36,000
Winemaking & Aging
Varietal composition
100% Durif
Fermentation container
Stainless steel tanks
Age of Aging Container
2-3 years
Length of alcoholic fermentation
5-7 days
Fermentation temperature
60-77 °F
Maceration technique
Cold Soak Maceration, Racking, and Pumpovers
Maceration length
7
Malolactic fermentation
Yes
Length of bottle aging
12 months
Size of aging container
550L
Type of oak
French and American
Length of aging before bottling
12 months

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