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Crayford Barossa Valley Durif 2014
Region: Barossa Valley, South Australia
Like many consumers my impressions of Durif came from Rutherglen where the Durif variety was first planted in 1908. It was never a regular drink but at times when I felt like a concentrated red with body weight, no better variety exisits, and then out it came.
The Australian wine business is rich and complex not only with its many vineyard regions but also with the thousands of enterprises and winemakers all working to accomplish their best. It seems to me most have a side project investigating how lesser known varieties perform in their locality.
Thus Durif has expanded far from Rutherglen and now many Barossan winemakers work with the variety. Winemaker Parker made it the strong background note in his first Brutus Shiraz Durif 2008, though this Crayford is the first 100% varietal we have released. Lovely wine and will look good on your dinner table.