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The Giant 2016 Durif

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  • The Durif red wine grape is one of Australia’s undiscovered gems. We suspect that people in the know keep quiet about it so as not to arouse too much competition for what is, after all, a scarce bottle of wine. Atze’s Corner is one of the only wineries in the Barossa Valley to have planted Durif, and based on the outstanding results, there is a plan to plant more in the future.

    Named 'The Giant' in tribute to an overly tall Barossa settler, the wine fully lives up to that description in all respects. You just have to witness the colour, which is a luminous purple black! 

    It’s dark and deliciously deep.  The bouquet is brooding, dark and moody with black fruits and sweet spices, maybe a hint of liquorice too.  A full-bodied wine with crafted, harmonious tannins backed up with a fresh line of acidity the fruit shines vividly.

    For a variety noted for its robust tannins, this wine has got them fully corralled and under control. Tannins are there, but the fruit is so rich that they meld seamlessly, giving the wine some backbone and future, but not, by any means, preventing you enjoying it straight away.

     

    • Vintage:  2016
      Grape Varieties: Durif 100%
      Harvest Date: March 30th 2016
      Bottling Date: October 8th 2017
      Technical Details: 14.5% Alc. 
      Food Pairing

      This wine needs food, something robust like rabbit or a sirloin steak to balance its richness.

      Serving Temperature:

      16 Degrees Celcius.

      Cellaring:

      Drink now (decant a few hours before dining) or keep for up to a decade.

      Background/Story:

      Durif is one of Australia’s undiscovered gems. People in the know, we suspect, keep quiet about it so as not to arouse too much competition for what is, after all, a scarce bottle of wine. Atze’s Corner is one of the only wineries in the Barossa Valley to have planted Durif and based on this result more should follow. Mind you, Andy Kalleske did plant his Durif on prime vineyard land in
      the famous Koonunga sub-region of the Barossa so it is off to a great start. Named “The Giant” in tribute to an overly tall, Barossa settler, the wine fully lives up to that
      description in all respects. 

      200 dozen bottles produced

      Maturation

      16 Months new, 2rd and 3th fill mix of French and American Oak Hogsheads to give subtle hints of oak and soften our the bold ripe tannin.

      Vineyard:

      Sub Region: Koonunga and Ebenezer – Iconic sub regions at Northern tip of the Barossa Valley.

      Vintage:

      Low Yelds of 2.8 tonne/acre and a dry summer with
      a warm February and mild March saw average ripening and powerful fruit flavours.



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