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.
James Halliday rates.. 96/100
Winefront rates.. 95/100
Campbell Mattinson writes (Halliday)...
Winemaker Rowly Milhinch grows powerful durif but his grand goal is to give it an elegant turn. Here he hits pay dirt. This release boasts a churning complexity: deep, dark fruit, smoky peppery notes and firm but ultra-fine tannin. It will keep the faithful fans of Rutherglen Durif happy and also help win over a new audience; it takes muscular fruit and lands it softly on the palate. This is the wine Scion has been striving for.
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.