Although French in origin, Durif is hardly found there any more, but has made itself a happy home in Australia, and the USA where it goes by the name of Petite Sirah. Rich, ripe concentrated fruit bursting with typical varietal aromas of anise, mint and blackberry combined with spice and chocolate. Soft, tasty and hearty!
Berton Vineyard was established by Bob and Cherie Berton in May 1996; the estate covers 30 hectares of land locatedon gently rolling hills at 450 metres above sea level, in a sub-region of Eden Valley in South Australia. In 2007, Bob purchased the Yenda winery in the heart of the Riverina, where this wine comes from.
Durif is a cross between Syrah and little known variety called Peloursin and is sometimes known as Petite Sirah. This parcel of Durif has been chosen from a single vineyard, the ‘Foleys Corner Vineyard’, which overlooks Griffith in the Riverina, New South Wales. Durif is well suited to the climate of the Riverina region, which is hot and dry. The vineyard is on a slope with a westerly aspect and the soil is sandy loam. The vineyard rows face east to west direction. The vines are on a single wire trellis, spurpruned and drip irrigated.
The fruit was destemmed, crushed and fermented in static fermenters for five days to optimise colour stability and tannin structure. The wine was drained, pressed and stored in stainless steel tanks until malolactic fermentation was complete. It was then filtered into French oak and matured for approximately four months, giving a subtle and delicate oak influence.