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RegionRiverina, NSW
WinemakerAndrew Higgins
ColourIntense red purple
AromaFragrant aroma of black cherry and blood plum, with background dark chocolate and spice.
PalateA full bodied palate of rich black fruit and the characteristic dark chocolate of the variety. A core of sweet fruit tannin drives through the palate giving length and depth to the wine.
Growing ConditionsWarm conditions were present for majority of the growing season meaning that fruit reach maturity without too much heat stress. This resulted in no disease issues present allowing ideal picking conditions and pristine fruit being delivered to the winery at its optimum maturity and maximum flavour level. This parcel of Durif is sourced from a vineyard only 2km from the winery, Delves Farm 2609. The Delves family has been growing wine grapes for McWilliams Wines for more than 100 years, since the winery opened in 1913. This small block of Durif was carefully nutured throughout the season to keep yields low & producing small berries of intense fruit flavours and mature tannins.
Vinification/MaturationMachine harvested in the cool of the morning to retain the gentle aromatics of the variety. Carefully de-stemmed into an open top fermenter and immediately inoculated with selected yeast. During ferment, the wine was pumped over up to three times daily, and after a period of 7 days was pressed off, allowed to settle then rack to a mixture of 1 year old & 2 year old hogsheads. Older oak was selected to allow a gentle softening through the time in barrel on light lees but with minimal influence of new oak aromatics or tannin to cloud the purity of the fruit. Matured in barrel for 15 months with minimal rackings occurring during this period.
Acidity (TA)6.1 g/L
Bottles per Case6
Peak DrinkingFor immediate consumption but will reward medium term cellaring.
Recommended Food PairingChicken liver pate with a date and chocolate paste

The Hanwood Estate 1913 Series of wines is a celebration of the year the McWilliam family became pioneers of the Riverina wine region.

Durif is a varietal that makes robust red wines. It originated in France as a cross-pollination between Syrah and Peloursin. In the United States wine industry, it is commonly referred to as Petite Sirah.

In Australia, Durif grapes are grown in the Rutherglen, Riverland and Riverina wine regions. It produces wines with plummy and dark fruit flavours with a black spice overtone.

Weight 8 kg
Dimensions 27 x 18 x 35 cm


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