Durif (or Petite Sirah if we were in the USA). Notoriously big and tannic and absolutely rammed full of flavour. Could this be Millbrook's alternative to Barossa Shiraz?
Recently unveiled was the inaugural 2014 vintage Millbrook Limited Release Durif – a wine so intense that our usually silver-tongued winemaker Damian Hutton ended up repeating himself when describing the wine.
It's a wine that demands a decanter and a chunk of roast beef to accompany it.
The fruit was sourced from a ten-year old vineyard on the sandy flats of the Ferguson Valley near Dardanup. It was destemmed and fermented for 12 days on skins, pressed and then matured in new American and French oak barriques (25% of each) for 22 months. Total production was only 4 barriques.
Colour: Extremely deep purple.
Aroma: Black fruit and Chinese brown spice, charry vanillin oak.
Palate: The palate exhibits super intense black and blue fruits. The wine is rich and full bodied, showing fully ripe tannins. A wine of intensity, power and length.
This is one mouthful of wine.