2015 Durif

REGION: 100% One Tree Hill
ANALYSIS: 16.0% Alcohol
CELLAR POTENTIAL: This wine is approachable upon release, but will benefit with careful cellaring between 5-8+ years
COLOUR: Inky black colour intensity, with a black to purple rim
BOUQUET: Very intense aromas of blackberry, fruit cake, leather and five-spice
PALATE: Full bodied in style. Flavours of chocolate, plum jam, mulberry with mouth-coating tannins and a long finish.
VINEYARD & VITICULTURE: Sourced from a single low yielding vineyard from Southern One Tree Hill, with an average yield of 2 tonne per acre.
WINEMAKING: Crushed and destemmed to an open top fermenter, where cooling was employed throughout the fermentation between 18-25oC. There was two pump overs and one hand plunge every day to optimise flavour, colour and tannin extraction. After 7 days of fermentation the fermented wine was then gently Basket Pressed to a settling tank for 2 days, where it was then racked to new and older oak barrels to undergo Malolactic fermentation.
STORAGE/MATURATION: 18 months in new and seasoned French oak Hogsheads

94 Points - Huon Hooke

"Very deep, dark, purple/black colour with a concentrated, essency, plum and prune juice aroma and a profound palate, which is deliciously soft and harmonious. The line and length are impeccable and the texture outstanding. There is some bitter aniseed on the finish together with alcohol warmth, but it all works as an entity. An outstanding young durif in this raw, primal style that seems to prevail among durif makers today." - Huon Hooke.