Brutus Is Here
Brutus Barossa Valley Shiraz Durif 2013
Region: Barossa Valley, SA
The blending of these two varieties works well and the reason we are into our fifth release is because we are now very confident of this statement. Those who can afford long term cellaring will be rewarded. The releases of Brutus have been:
Brutus Barossa Valley Shiraz Durif 2008 100 cases
Brutus Barossa Valley Shiraz Durif 2009 102 cases
Brutus Barossa Valley Shiraz Durif 2010 125 cases
Brutus Barossa Valley Shiraz Durif 2012 137 cases
Brutus Barossa Valley Shiraz Durif 2013 103 cases
As with previous vintages the Durif component is less than the Shiraz at about 40%. We know the capabilities of Barossa Valley Shiraz as after all many vintages of Penfolds Grange have been over 90% Barossa Valley Shiraz but the revelation has been how well it marries with Durif. Durif arose in France but found its ideal home in Australia as what it needs is a warm to hot ripening spell and no rain. This Brutus is a great wine and in years ahead will become one of those to decant and then spring on guests as a surprise and a reward. Benjamin made 103 cases.
PS. The quote is from Shakespeare's Julius Caesar.