Rutherglen Estate Sparkling Shiraz Durif 2018
The 2018 Rutherglen Estate Sparkling Shiraz Durif is a garnet ruby colour with vibrant red hues framed by soft persistent bubbles. Fresh red berry, chocolate and spice coated with creamy mouth filling mousse. The residual sweetness balances with the chalky tannins to balance the palate. The result is a smooth velvety mouthful of flavour. Aromas of red berries and spice with hints of darker berries and chocolate due to portions of the final blend having spent time in older oak to add a further dimension of complexity.
The Rutherglen Estate was acquired by the iconic De Bortoli Wines in 2018 and is the world leader in production of fortified wines such as Muscat, Port and Topaque (formerly known as Tokay). One of the most progressive and diverse viticultural regions in Australia, Rutherlgen is also recognised for producing premium quality red wines and many European white varietals.
The Rutherglen Estate Sparkling Shiraz Durif 2018 is grown on the De Bortoli Burgoyne and Shelley’s vineyards on the eastern edge of the Rutherglen region. The Durif component is sourced from selected blocks on the Shelley’s vineyard. Both sites have an interesting gravel, clay and alluvial soil mix, resulting in a positive diversity of fruit flavour profiles. After a cooler and slightly wetter than average winter, Rutherglen had good growing conditions through spring. The summer was warm and dry with above average temperatures but without any days of extreme heat. This allowed the grapes to develop full flavours and some fantastic depth of colour.
Parcels of 2018 Shiraz and Durif were selected for their suitable flavour profiles and tannin structure. Richness of fruit with great balance, and softness of tannins were most desired. The final blend was made with the Shiraz portion matured in older oak to add a further dimension of complexity. The mousse and bead are added to help balance the mouthfeel and texture to the wine. The sweetness was added to balance the palate and the consistency of the wine, delivering an enjoyable versatile sparkling.
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