Three new vintage releases have landed in Cellar Door and our online store, each handcrafted from Durif in signature Scion styles.
Durif is a red grape variety with history in Rutherglen dating back to 1906. It typically exhibits preposterously deep, inky colour, firm and dry tannin with flavour intensity second to none. Winemaker Rowly’s vision, however, is to challenge this expectation by expressing Durif in a number of ways: a Rosé, two elegant yet contrasting dry reds (straight Durif and co-fermented with Viognier) and a moderately fortified after-dinner wine that references the south of France. This is possible through viticulture that's aligned with a winemaking vision. When the left hand talks to the right, the high-fives begin!
SCION ROSE 2016
Early release due to popular demand! Inspired by the Provence region in France, this Rosé is dry, savoury and refreshing. Perfect with charcuterie, salmon or just because!
I've made this rosé with Durif, especially hand-picked early during the growing season. Fruit is pressed immediately upon crushing into the basket press. This is a gently handled wine, filtered only once before bottling. Colour, acidity and flavour are completely natural, having been derived purely from the Durif grape. –– Winemaker Rowly
SCION DURIF 2014
An elegant and complex dry red showing characters of cherry plum and dusty oak. Structured with firm tannin to enjoy with well flavoured dishes. Cellaring 9+ years.
Vintage 2014 was one my favourite years for reds at Scion. We experienced relatively cool conditions and a series of rain events that resulted in wines exhibiting restraint and beautiful structure. This wine saw 20 months in French oak, 35% new. Texture is long, fruit is vibrant; I'm really proud of this drop! –– Winemaker Rowly
SCION AFTER DARK 2014
Gold medal, semi-sweet fortified Durif. Perfect with dark chocolate or hard cheeses, chilled or at room temperature. Cellaring 9+ years.
Fruit vibrancy is a standout character of the 2014 After Dark. Fortifying spirit is integrating really well and while this wine will cellar wonderfully, I'm more inclined to open it with a handful of mates right away. –– Winemaker Rowly