Teusner The Playground Dr Franks Barossa Valley Durif 2014
Region: Barossa Valley
Durif is a most interesting variety being a cross between Peloursin and Syrah (Shiraz) and seems to have been an accidental creation by Francois Durif (Dr Frank) being recognised as a new variety in 1886. It is commonly referred to as Petite Sirah in the U.S. I have always enjoyed the variety because even cheap wines have colour and flavour. It does run out of control and the fierce hard tannins if encouraged can make the wines undrinkable.
At Glug we love blending the variety into our Barossa reds just to lift the finish. This Teusner example is kept under control though Kym tells me it is the biggest wine they make, thus it is on the large side. I find pleasure in the wine and it will have its moments for use hence it was one of his many creations which we wanted to list on Glug.