A beautifull, midweighted Dufif from Rutherglen. What more could you want?
"Paul Dahlenburg and Lauretta Schulz have leased a 2ha block of shiraz planted in the 1890s with rootlings supplied from France (doubtless grafted) in the wake of phylloxera?s devastation of the Glenrowan and Rutherglen plantings. Bear and Laurie knew about the origins of the vineyard, which was in a state of serious decline after years of neglect. The owners of the vineyard were aware of its historic importance and were more than happy to lease it. Four years of tireless work in the vineyard, reconstructing the old vines, has finally resulted in tiny amounts of exceptionally good shiraz; they have also planted a small area of Nero dAvola and Durif." James Halliday
"A durif that's approachable and immensely pleasurable to drink are generally rare, but this is one. It is not extracted or killed with oak. Instead, the quality fruit shines through. It's remarkably juicy with pliant yet decisive tannins and a freshness throughout." 96pts - Jane Faulkner - Wine Companion
"Bring the noise. I’m pretty happy to be cutting Mattinson’s grass on these wines. He does not really understand North Eastern Victorian wine like I do. Perfume, violets, earth, rich blackberry and boysenberry, spice, liquorice. Full-bodied, all the dark chocolate and liquorice, ripe raspberry, with spice and dried herb, thick silty tannin, freshness, big finish with new leather and perfume trailing. Bear skin rug, open fire, thick steaks, and 70s classic rock on play here." 94pts - Gary Walsh - Wine Companion