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Nugan Estate Manuka Grove Vineyard Durif

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There are few Durifs around so when we see a quality one we jump on it. The Nugan family has proved that it grows well in Griffith and responds well to the long sunshine hours. Sometimes known as Petit Syrah this dark, full-bodied wine shows vibrant notes of black fruits, cherry and spice. This has an immense palate weight with textured tannins with dark fruit concentration, chocolate and spice. A wine that needs to be aired before drinking and then served with robust meat dishes.

Winemaker's Notes

Durif is a rich and robust red grape variety that revels in the warm and dry conditions of the family’s Manuka Grove Vineyard at Hanwood in New South Wales. Durif is otherwise known as Petit Syrah. 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 & seasoned French and American oak prior to final blending and bottling.

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 flavours 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.

Enjoy with seared lamp rump or rich, caramelised veal shanks with Polenta or aged cheddar cheese

Alcohol: 14.5%





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Nugan Estate Manuka Grove Vineyard Durif

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Wine Companion (2013 Vintage) says
Dark red; big and inky colour leads to a deeply concentrated and spicy bouquet. The palate is similarly proportioned, offering loads of flavour and texture.
Drink by 2025
92
James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
2020
Australian Wine Companion 2012
90
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
Australian Wine Companion 2011 2010
90
Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (2008 Vintage) says
You don't see too many wines grown in the Riverina district given a specific vineyard designation, but why the hell not? We're all for it. You know that you're going to get a hit of grippy tannin when you sidle up to a bottle of durif, and you sure do with this little beauty. This is an impressive drop. It tastes of tar and blackcurrant and violets, and has a beautifully woven stream of musky, vanillin oak. Lovely piece of craft from the Nugan Estate winemaking crew.
The Big Red Wine Book 2010/11 2010
92
James Halliday (2007 Vintage) says
Has the usual deep colour and powerful black fruits on bouquet and palate; savoury, albeit fine, tannins are a distinct plus.
Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
90
Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (2007 Vintage) says
Where this wine is grown is top secret - it doesn't say anywhere on the bottle where it's from, and it hasn't since at least the 2003 release. Is it bizarre to give the vineyard name but no clue as to where the vineyard is? It's a nice wine. It has a lot of resiny, vanillin oak flavour but quite a bit of blackberried, almost leathery flavour too, and the combination is very attractive. There is a good hit of chewy tannin, but that's part of the appeal of a good durif. With a bit of sleuthing we discovered that the wine is grown in the Riverina region.
The Big Red Wine Book 2009/10 2009
91
James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
Good colour; red and black plum, and blackberry fruit on a medium-bodied palate; good tannins.
Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
89
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
Big, rich and ripe, with chocolate cake and confiture blackberries on the palate. Well-made big style.
Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
88
James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says
Brilliant winemaking has invested the wine with elegance rarely encountered with durif, without taking away the dark chocolate, spice and blackberry varietal fruit. Gold medal National Wine Show '06.
Australian Wine Companion 2008 2007
94
James Halliday (2003 Vintage) says
Still has masses of dark fruits, but there are signs the fruit may be softening faster than the tannins; I simply don't know which way the cat will jump over the next few years.
Australian Wine Companion 2008 2007
88
James Halliday (2002 Vintage) says
Dense, deep; compact and rich dark fruits; nice touches of cedar and spice; ideally suited to the region.
Australian Wine Companion 2005 2004
88
Ken Gargett (2002 Vintage) says
My goodness I was just about to use a word I never thought I would in association with durif-Ñelegant. This wine is still a robust, rich and full-bodied wine, don't get me wrong; no way would you confuse it with some namby-pamby cool-climate pinot noir. But the cool 2002 Riverina vintage seems to have given a streak, a mild fine streak of (relative) elegance. Still it would be tremendous with a chargrilled rump steak. Is that inelegant?
Don't Buy Wine Without Me 2005 2005
James Halliday (2001 Vintage) says
Strong red-purple; clean, ripe black fruits and licorice aromas, then a full-on palate, with a huge extract of fruit, though not tannins. A head and shoulders wine. From the Manuka Grove Vineyard adjacent to the Nugan family home in the Riverina.
Australian Wine Companion 2004 2003
86
Ken Gargett (2001 Vintage) says
Durif seems to have found its natual home around the Riverina in NSW. It's a big rustic grape variety that the French do not regard highlyÑthey think it's a bit coarse, which they probably think of most Australians as well. But durif can be delicious in a no-holds-barred, full-throttle sort of way. This one is definitely not for wimpsÑit has great flavours of dark chocolate and brandied cherries and the tannin is well integrated, not chunky like it can be with some other durifs. A good alternative to full-bodied shiraz.
Don't Buy Wine Without Me 2004 2004

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