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Monday, 22 July 2019

Golden Grove Durif 2018

A hale and hearty red, the grape variety being named after Dr Durif who “created” it through crossing Syrah with the rather less known Peloursin. One of its positives is that it is resistant to downy mildew, a boon in the Granite Belt which can suffer with summer storms.

Here winemaker Ray Costanzo has fashioned a ballsy red - it spends 14 months in American oak hogsheads, 25% new - shot with a mix of red and blue fruit on the nose. The palate gutsy with softening fruit aspects and - somewhat surprisingly - a freshening acidic presence, no mean feat when the wine’s clocking in at 15% alcohol. 

I actually enjoyed this just simply paired with some rather dark chocolate, but it has enough about it to marry up to a nice wintry stew, something like an osso bucco, with its fine tannins able to lap up protein. 91 

Tasted on: Tuesday 16th July, a Fruit day
Source: Sample
Price: $30
Alcohol: 15%
Closure: Screwcap

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