2018 All Saints Estate Durif
Dense pitch black core with a deep dark red black hue. Heady black cherry and liquorice aromas fill the nostrils followed by vanillin oak, dark plum, graphite and pepper notes. Full bodied, robustly structured and powerful, rich morello to black cherry and liquorice flavours are backed by a firm tannin structure. Notions of vanillin oak, scorched earth and spice lie underneath. Opulent yet muscular in its feel with bright acidity and a long slightly grippy aftertaste.
Cellar 6-8 years.
Destemmed fruit crushed into 7t vats for inoculated fermentation. Hand plunged 3 times a day, basket pressed then matured 22 months in 1–4yo French oak barriques. All Saints Estate sees the beauty and elegance in the durif grape – yes, it most definitely exists – and produces a style that can overcome any varietal prejudice. With forest-floor notes, wild berries, violets, top spice nuances and vanilla, it's an arresting introduction. Smooth palate, yet retains the grape's robust nature and power. Sensitive handling and winemaking on show. Drink by 2028.
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