Durif

While durif originated in France, it is most widely grown in California, Israel and warm inland areas of Australia, particularly the north eastern Victorian region of Rutherglen. Durif is a cross of shiraz and peloursin. It is a thick skinned variety with small, inky black berries. It produces richly flavoured wines filled with spicy plum fruits, lots of tannin and a tendency towards high alcohol levels. It makes single varietal expressions and adds colour and tannin as a blending grape. Durif can also be found in Australian sparkling red styles.