2015 Nugan Estate Manuka Grove Vineyard Durif
There aren't many really great Durif out there, but this classic Rutherglen red hits all the right notes. Blackberry jam, toffee, spice and then a mega dense palate. What a wine.
How's it taste?
Rich garnet in appearance with a youthful crimson hue. Aromas of dark cherry and blood plum over dark chocolate and toasted oak. Rich and intense flavors of black cherry, plum pudding and dark chocolate melded with earth and spicy vanillin notes. Well integrated oak with excellent fruit intensity, structure and balance leading to a long, smooth finish.
How was it made?
Otherwise known as Petite Syrah, Durif is a rich and robust red grape variety that revels in the warm, dry conditions of the Nugan family’s Manuka Grove Vineyard at Hanwood in New South Wales. After harvest, the grapes were crushed, yeasted and pumped over in traditional style to
avoid the extraction of bitter tannins. The wine was then transferred to American oak for fermentation, followed by a further 24 months maturation in new, one year old and seasoned French and American oak prior to final blending and bottling.
Who made it?
The Nugan family are the owners and operators of Nugan Estate, with a vision of creating value for money wines of determinable quality. The wines are distributed broadly across the world and have a reputation for their value at price points. The Nugan Estate wines are single vineyard representations of the best sites under the family’s estate. Nugan Estate call the Riverina, in New South Wales, home, with a winery south of Griffith and extensive plantings in the area. Nugan Estate also have vineyards in the King Valley in Victoria, and both McLaren Vale and Coonawarra in South Australia. They currently own approximately 590 hectares of vineyards in Australia. Nugan Estate has four core ranges, the eponymous Nugan Estate and their value range Cookoothama. Nugan Estate also produces wines under the Talinga Park and Wally’s Hut brands for lower entry level wines. The production scale is large, but the quality doesn’t suffer. Though unashamedly modern and utilising the heights of winery technology, the production values aren’t diluted as a sacrifice to the volume.
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