Durif 1

The Judd vineyard is a hidden gem. Set in a quiet fold of the Warby Range, it is a great site for Durif – with the hungry, decomposed granite soils keeping vigour in check.  From a rising 30 year old vineyard , the result is small berries, concentrated fruit flavour and walls of natural fruit tannin.

A long, cool fermentation to preserve aromatics and freshness, with a gentle hand plunge daily. Shipped off to one new Taransaud ‘Gran Chauffage’ barrique, and two well seasoned (five year old) barriques for fifteen months, prior to bottling in July 2017.

Epic colour. Opaque with vivid crimson highlights. Complex aromatics – violet, dark cherry and blueberry over sweet baking spices. Great purity of Durif fruit in the mouth – deep and dark – with fine, persistent fruit tannins building throughout. Cellar with confidence for 8-10 years.


2016 Durif
Glenrowan (Mount Bruno)
66 dozen made
2016 Durif Tasting Note

'Grapes from Judd’s Vineyard at Mt Bruno in the Glenrowan area. All into French oak. Only 66 dozen made. Bang on for both flavour and texture. It’s a case of ‘every egg a bird’ with the Arlo range of wines it seems. Dark berried fruit with floral overtones. A jubey sweetness but plenty of savoury, earthen spice notes too. So clean. So fresh. So well presented. And yet so flavoursome'. 93 points.
Campbell Mattinson
The Wine Front