Inspired by Northern Rhone to hero detail, restraint and fine tannin. Characters of savoury spice, cinnamon, dark cherry and plum. Cellaring 8+ years.
Alc 13.2%, 190 dozen produced.
Winefront rates.. 95/100
Campbell Mattinson writes (Winefront)..
Intensity of flavour is almost a given when it comes to Rutherglen Durif but this adds polish and spice. In short, it has style. I’m tempted to call this elegant, because it’s certainly presented with restraint in mind, but there’s yet ample dark berried grunt and plenty of meaty, spicy, smoky character. I haven’t always loved the idea of Viognier being combined with Durif but there’s no question that it works exceptionally well here, not just in helping to lighten the load but in presenting a more complex face. The longer I looked at this wine the more impressed I was; I suspect it has a superb future ahead. The long strike tannin through the finish has been masterfully handled.