Known as Petite Syrah in California and South America, this wine is not so petite. So perhaps the name Durif is more appropriate, and far more common in Australia – especially in regions like Rutherglen (VIC) and Riverina (NSW). Dr Durif was responsible for its propagation (from Syrah and Peloursin) in south eastern France in 1880.
This little number from Calabria Family Wines, shows the full depth and intensity of the Durif varietal. The 2014 Calabria Durif has aromas of dark ripe fruit, floral old fashioned roses, and cracked black pepper. All the aromas leap from the glass with great intensity. Hints of bitter chocolate and bitumen continue their aromatic invasion.
On the palate gentle acid and lots of stewed satsuma plums, supported by charred roasted meat flavours. The tannins are very grippy and drying, and potentially the combination of red meat would tame them a little. The flavours have a lot of intensity up front, but don’t linger around, beckoning you in for another mouthful.
The Calabria 2014 Durif would make an ideal friend for a meal of smoked BBQ meats. Say hello to my little friend.
Region: Riverina, NSW
Source: Provided by producer