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AT Richardson Hard Hill Road Durif
Also known as Petite Sirah, these thick-skinned black grapes produce majestic wines of depth and character. With his many years of experience with this variety, Adam is one of the few winemakers who dare to plant it in the cooler climate.
Grown on our Hard Hill Road vineyard in Great Western, these Durif grapes were carefully fermented in small tanks and barrels where, apart from a daily hand-plunge, they received very little intervention.
After about three weeks on skins, the wine was gently pressed before being aged in 500L American puncheons for 18 months.
Warm, generous and aromatic. Cassis, blueberries, anise, violets and rose petals; with elegant tannins providing a remarkably long and lively finish.
Already showing a wonderfully gregarious personality, this Durif will evolve and gain further complexity and elegance over decades in the cellar.
|Product Name||AT Richardson Hard Hill Road Durif|
|Region||Grampians (Great Western), Victoria, Australia|
|Background||Region Great Western, Victoria, Australia. Viticultural influences Low yielding vines combined with cool autumn nights result in Hard Hill Road grapes that display a full degree of ripeness whilst retaining their characteristic complex structure. These conditions conspire to produce an elegant, rich and balanced Hard Hill Road wine that displays a full spectrum of dark berry flavours. Winemaking philosophy Grown on our Hard Hill Road vineyard in Great Western, these Durif grapes were hand-picked and fermented in small batches. We employed low-intervention winemaking techniques including some whole bunch fermentation, hand plunging and extended maceration. After about three weeks on skins, the wine is gently pressed|
|Notes||Tasting notes The initial impression of this Durif is a tight and compact structure that holds a myriad of aromatic flavours close to its heart. However, with time in the glass, the wine readily unwinds to display a warm, generous and aromatic character. Primary flavours of cassis, blueberries, anise and the wonderfully floral elements of violets and rose petals float from the glass. The tannins are rich and evolve into the late palate providing a long, lively finish. Cellaring potential This Hard Hill Road wine is built to last. Although, it already presents a seamless balance of fruit depth and tannin, it will continue to entwine all aspects of its personality and gain further complexity with decades of cellar time. Technical data Harvested in late April Cellaring Potential of 20 years + Alcohol – 14.5% Total Acidity – 6.25 g/L 3.65 pH|