Magnificent Rich and Thickly Flavoured
Glug 'The Black Rider' Barossa Valley Shiraz Durif 2018
The desire to make a premium Barossa Valley Durif has been ticking away in Benjamin's mind for at least a decade.
Durif has been included in many blends over the last eight or so years and from this he learns how it transforms other varieties and understands more about the aging qualities.
The variety came to Australia in the 1900s and found its way to Rutherglen in 1908 as part of new plantings to replace vineyards devastated by phylloxera. By the 1970s these Rutherglen reds had developed a cult following and from this the thought arose that Durif may be well suited to the Barossa Valley and equally important to those who enjoy Barossa reds.
Like Shiraz from which it is derived, Durif is noted for strong flavours and higher than normal alcohol.