Durif is such a local hero that is sometimes referred to as Rutherglen Durif. A cross of Peloursin and Syrah, the variety prospers almost exclusively in North East Victoria. The long warm days experienced in the Rutherglen wine region give the grapes pelnty of time to develop their intense colour and rich flavours.
The firm tannins and depth of flavours of Durif are well suited to hearty dishes. Try pairing with rich Beef Bourguignon or sticky lamb shanks slow cooked in red wine.
Durif has a deserved reputation as a great red wine for ageing. This wine too has plenty of tannin and enough acidity to keep it balanced and improving for 5 to 8 years. It will throw some sediment, so it best decanted before serving.
The 5OS PROJECT Team is fast developing a reputation for pushing the boundaries, challenging convention and tipping the science of winemaking on its rather bloated and dogmatic head. The ‘Black Bunny’ is one rogue rabbit; the unlikely love child of a high quality batch of McLaren Vale Shiraz and the runaway French variety of Gewurtztraminer thriving Down Under.
“Now it’s in bottle and strutting around like a first round draft pick, everyone at McLaren Vale Winemakers is taking credit for the concept and also trying to justify why its tastes so bloody good from a very precarious scientific angle. Whatever or whomever, this is a seriously good glass of wine, everything we're trying to achieve within the 5OS PROJECT is encapsulated in this bottle. Enjoy anytime over the next 10 years”.
Steve Grimley - Winemaker