Hard Hill Road Durif
Great Western, Victoria, Australia.
Low yielding vines combined with cool autumn nights result in Hard Hill Road grapes that display a full degree of ripeness whilst retaining their characteristic complex structure. These conditions conspire to produce an elegant, rich and balanced Hard Hill Road wine that displays a full spectrum of dark berry flavours.
Grown on our Hard Hill Road vineyard in Great Western, these Durif grapes were hand-picked and fermented in small batches. We employed low-intervention winemaking techniques including some whole bunch fermentation, hand plunging and extended maceration. After about three weeks on skins, the wine is gently pressed before being aged in 500L American puncheons for 18 months.
The initial impression of this Durif is a tight and compact structure that holds a myriad of aromatic flavours close to its heart. However, with time in the glass, the wine readily unwinds to display a warm, generous and aromatic character. Primary flavours of cassis, blueberries, anise and the wonderfully floral elements of violets and rose petals float from the glass. The tannins are rich and evolve into the late palate providing a long, lively finish.
This Hard Hill Road wine is built to last. Although, it already presents a seamless balance of fruit depth and tannin, it will continue to entwine all aspects of its personality and gain further complexity with decades of cellar time.
Harvested in late April
Cellaring Potential of 20 years +
Alcohol – 14.5%
Total Acidity – 6.25 g/L