2021 All Saints Estate Durif
Features Durif’s trademark colour saturation with an impenetrable inky black heart and an equally deep black dark red hue. Engulfing the nostrils are potent scents of liquorice and black cherries followed by some dark chocolate, vanillin oak, earth and spicy mocha notes. Rich, powerful and lush yet possessing a robust spine the palate is drenched in black cherry, liquorice and dark to black plum fruits which are framed by a firm tannin structure and bright acidity. Vanillin oak and spice elements lurk underneath. Finishes long, grippy, fresh and abundantly fruited.
Cellar 6-8 years.
There's so much happening here – in a good way. From the inky, impenetrable purple hues to the sweet-hearted middle palate all aromatic and lively (you don't normally see that description for durif), the grape shines. The maker brings out the herbal/florals of the grape in violet, pepper and dried rosemary with dark fruits, forest floor, dusty cocoa and woodsy spice. Tannins behave while bringing a firm structure and potential for serious ageing. Scared of durif? Think again. Drink by 2032.
Jeni Port – James Halliday’s Australian Wine Companion