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Monster sized Red!
On the back of the 92 point 2013 Vintage, this 2014 vintage is seamless and offers knock out up front power and length. Andy Kalleske, his folks John and barb along with head winemaker Ryan Johns are all amazed by this “one out of the box” wine that will leave your palate in a whirlpool of dark fruit, chocolate, mulberry and silky oak.
Sitting just through the fence from a consistent Grange producing block, this site with it’s deep red clays and scattered iron stone across the surface, raises the eye brows of some of the most fussy wine makers.
A new kid on the block variety to grape growing in the Barossa Valley, Durif, is known for its dark colour big flavour, jaw dropping power and strong tannins. An awesome 2014 vintage, laser focused wine making 18 months in barrel has served up a ball busting wine with a soft mouth feel.
- Top Gold – 2015 Australian Small Winemakers Show
- Barossa Wine Show JBG Architects Trophy 2015 – Top of class 17 alternate dry red wine.
- Top Gold – 2015 Barossa Wine Show
- Top of Class Silver – 2015 National Wine Show Canberra
- Stewards Choice Award – 2016 Australian Small Winemakers Show – The Giant 2014 Durif
- Top Gold – 2016 Australian Small Winemakers Show – The Giant 2014 Durif
- Stewards Choice Award – 2016 Australian Small Winemakers Show – The Giant 2014 Durif Top Gold – 2016 Australian Small Winemakers Show – The Giant 2014 Durif
Tasting Notes: By Master Of Wine Phillip Reedman
Durif is one of Australia’s undiscovered gems. People in the know, I 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. Just look at that colour! It’s a luminous purple black, astonishing. Don’t risk a clean white shirt while drinking this wine. The bouquet is as opulent as the wine is deep in colour; sweet spices mingle with black cherries. The palate continues the theme of intensity with vivid dark fruits; cherries, plums and blackberries. For a variety noted for its robust tannins this wine has got them fully corralled and under control. Tannins there are 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 right now. You’ll need some pretty hearty food to match with The Giant; try it with a T bone steak.
Andy, who not only grows these grapes but makes the wine too, reckons this will keep until 2030. If you have a good cellar and even better will power I’m confident that it will go longer. The screwcap will ensure that whenever you open it the wine will be in top condition. Decanting would be a good idea to allow the wine to open up for an hour or so before you serve it.
Open Fermented – Hand Pump overs –Basket pressed – Hand plunged
Maturation – 18 months in new, 2nd and 3rd fill French Oak Barrique Barrels.
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- Serve at 16-17 degrees Celcius for optimal flavour
- Decant or open 30 minutes before serving to open up aromas and soften the tannins.