Hard Hill Road Durif
Great Western, Victoria, Australia.
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, whole bunch fermentation, hand plunging and extended maceration. After about 4 weeks on skins, the wine is pressed in a small hand-operated basket press 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.
Harvested in late April
Cellaring Potential of 10 years +
Alcohol – 14.5%
Total Acidity – 6.25 g/L
pH – 3.65