Durif was not one of the first varieties planted at Ballandean Estate back in 1968 but it might turn out to be one of the best. This is a grape variety that enjoys the warm weather but is also highly adaptable to various climates and at Ballandean they manage to get the best out of it combining the richness and ripeness of quality fruit with attractive savoury complexity. Deeply coloured it opens up with ripe fruit pastille, plum and chocolate aromas before evolving into more spicy, earthy and even tarry tones. The palate is then big and bold, bringing together dense, dark fruits with juicy acidity and supple tannins rounded off with old oak. It’s a good drink on its own but you definitely get the feeling that it is on the table where this wine will really shine with slow cooked meats.
Ballandean Estate Durif 2018