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2013 Brown Brothers Limited Release Durif

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Brown Brothers has been a trusted name in wine for longer than most can remember, and this durif is certainly a departure from the ballsy styles the variety can produce. Hailing from a fantastic year in Heathcote, it weighs in at 14% alcohol and displays smells of dark berries and plums, subtle spice and a touch of smokiness on the nose before the palate kicks in with supple dark fruit flavours, a decent line of slightly chewy tannins, and a smooth, spicy finish. Some rare roast meats would go down well with this.

Winemaker's Notes

Colour: The wine is a deep saturated black red colour with a vibrant purple hue

Aroma: Aromas of spice, tobacco and dark berry fruits leap out of the glass

Palate: The use of predominantly older oak has given the palate an elegance and refinement that is not usually found in young Durif. Blackberry and plum fruit flavours are also a strong influence on the palate, offering an impressive intensity and a full bodied finish

Food pairings: Try this Durif with juicy eye fillet of beef that is topped with a pepper infused red wine jus and roasted Mediterranean vegetables. It would also work well with mild spiced Indian curry with garlic naan bread and saffron rice. Don’t forget an aged cheddar to finish.

Peak drinking: Until 2022

Alc/Vol: 14.0%

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2013 Brown Brothers Limited Release Durif

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Wine Companion (2013 Vintage) says
Ribald purple. Announces itself as alive, well, and ready to party from the first splash into the glass. It's fragrant, lively, bursting with dark fruit flavour and unafraid of both flashy oak and a hum of tannin. It's hard to know whether it's marriage material or a one night stand; it has its paws poised over all bases. In the overall scheme, the asking price offers enormous value.
Drink by 2025
95
Campbell Mattinson (2013 Vintage) says
It’s in the blood and thunder style but for bold delivery of flavour, it has it going on. It’s inky. It fills the mouth with dark, berried goodness. It offers side notes of clove, eucalypt and red earth. And it has enough pucker to keep it all wrapped up and tidy. All for around $20. It’s not modern; it’s old-fashioned fill-your-mouth stuff.
93
Tyson Stelzer (2009 Vintage) says
Soupy, hot and reptilian, right? Wrong! Pretty violets, all manner of spice and vanilla pod notes with lovely poise, thanks to a vibrant acid profile and finely honed tannins. The Brothers Brown are on fine form, indeed.
WINE 100 Magazine - 2011 2011
92
Jeremy Oliver (2009 Vintage) says
A firm, dark-fruited and astringent durif whose sweet, meaty and raisined bouquet reveals some depth of alluring dark fruits and whose deep, long and briary palate of small berry and plum-like flavour is underpinned by fine, drying and grainy tannins.
The Australian Wine Annual 2012
91
James Halliday (2007 Vintage) says
Dark purple-black; a formidably full-bodied wine, with a savoury/dusty array of black fruits; curiously (although probably deliberately) the tannins are not particularly strong. For those with a big vinous or steak appetite.
Australian Wine Companion 2011 2010
89
Jeremy Oliver (2006 Vintage) says
Assertive, firm and richly flavoured, with a varietally correct, meaty floral fragrance of wild, brambly ripe plums, prunes and raisins, treacle, leather and bitumen. It's plush and handsomely ripened, with sumptuous expression of dense, dark fruit underpinned by a bony extract of firm, grainy tannins. It finishes with length, persistence and balance.
Australian Wine Annual 2010 2009
93
James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
Incredible colour; deep and dark mocha fruit, laced with tar and blackberry confiture; deep and dense palate, with ample chewy, grainy tannins; quite bright despite its weight.
Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
90
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
Deeply coloured; rich, mouthcoating black fruits and dark chocolate; powerful but ripe tannins; good texture.
Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
89
James Halliday (2003 Vintage) says
Dense colour; massively rich, dense and concentrated; black fruits and bitter chocolate; powerful tannins in balance.
Australian Wine Companion 2006 2005
90

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