Campbells Bobbie Burns Durif, Rutherglen, Victoria, Australia, 2009.
Durif (according to Clarke*, this is an 1880 French crossing between peloursin and syrah, now little grown in France, but with an alter ego as California’s petite sirah), 14.5% abv, screw cap closure; Weaver’s Wine, Nottingham, about £15.
Experiment: pump the air out of a 1/2 to 2/3 bottle, and taste again 24 hours later – the result – aromas of sweet violet, warm blackberries – a wonderfully evolving nose.
WSET style tasting note
Appearance – Deep purple-ruby, showing distinct tears.
Nose – Medium (+) intensity, developing, with aromas of black currant, black berry, black cherry, ripe red fruit – cherry, raspberry, a hint of dark chocolate, a hint of vanilla.
Palate – A dry wine, with medium (+) acidity, smooth ripe medium (+ish) tannins, high alcohol, with a full body, with medium (+) intensity flavours of ripe black fruit – black berry, black cherry, red plum, with hint of spice; a medium (+) length and a smooth textured finish, with a lingering pleasant tannic grip, and a sense of sweetness in the mouth.
Quality – A very good wine, with a meal or on its own – though high in alcohol; it is a complex wine, with balanced acidity and alcohol, well integrated oak, and is ready to drink now; and with the levels of fruit, tannin and acidity, it should continue developing for perhaps another decade – it would be interesting to try this again at 5 and 10 years.
*Clarke, O., Rand, M. 2008. Pavilion Books, Grapes and Wines.