There is a very innovative spirit amongst the growers and winemakers in the Beechworth region, with a high proportion of bio dynamic principles and a lot of alternative grape varieties used. This Durif is a classic example.
Russell Bourne joins the long list of Doctors who have jumped on the wine bandwagon. He has taken it a little more seriously than others going to the effort of actually making the wine, not only in Australia but also doing vintages in the USA. In fact it was in the USA making wine for the Perrin Family of Chateau Beaucastel that he discovered the wonders of Petite Sirah / Durif and arranged to have cuttings from these vineyards brought back to Beechworth. The process took nearly 5 years due to the strict quarantine procedures, but it was worth the effort.
It is easy to fall in love with the idea of new and funky styles of wines. Who doesn’t want to try something new, but in most cases they are disappointments. This Duriff is something a little special.
Totally opaque, black in colour. The nose displays cherry and liquorice aromas, followed by some vanillin cedar, dark chocolate and spice. Big, rich and full bodied, it has an amazing concentration with dense tannins that coats your palate and is just crying out for a rich casserole. Despite all this, it has an elegance and sophistication which is pleasantly surprising.
Sadly this is the last vintage of this wine, so enjoy!