Stockwell Creek Reserve Barossa Valley Shiraz Durif 2013
Region: Barossa Valley
The winemaker Benjamin excels with this new release. For decade he has been studying the nuances of Durif and how it can add complexity to richly flavoured Barossa wines. In this wine it sits in the background though Durif is of course a variety which can run out of control.
Keeping a tight rein on its influence is required and the thought grows that the ideal blends are with similar full flavoured varieties. Durif as a blend with a mid-weight variety would be hard to make work as it wants to dominate. Also it should be used with a light touch in blending with reds from cooler regions. Thus I conclude that of all the varieties being experimented with in the Barossa Valley, Durif may be the most promising.
I know Benjamin will keep working with this variety and thus suggest a purchase to compare with releases in future years.