Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Three Bridges 2012 Durif

 This time last year, and for the early part of 2013, we were selling the 2008
vintage. We missed the 2009 and then raced through the spectacular trophy laden 2010. Admittedly they didn't release a 2011 and the 2012 has arrived with just 3 bottles of 2010 [pictured] sitting on the shelf
Not so long ago Rutherglen seemed to have a monopoly on Durif production in Australia. But not anymore with this winning Top Gold at the 2013 Rutherglen Wine Show. This release has been one of the great success stories of the last decade. It's been a particular cellar door triumph for us as we've used it to encourage red drinkers to move out of their shiraz or cabernet comfort zone and experiment. Knowing that they were guaranteed to love the stuff. It's a beautifully balanced wine combining rich opulence with plenty of fruit spice.

Halliday rates it highly "Vivid purple hue ... dark and black fruits .... the palate is warm and generous on the one hand, yet firm and full of savoury interest on the other; very good warm-climate Durif."
The "warm climate" reference implies a surprise but I suspect this variety is suited to warmer climes and it's proof YET AGAIN of the quality that comes out of the Riverina. An outstanding red wine that I can't recommend highly enough and every bit as impressive as the 2010 which was widely regarded as the best.

Our Price: $18 per bottle by the dozen


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