There is a little of the future of the Barossa Valley in this Durif.
A variety developed in France in 1880 was introduced to Rutherglen Victoria in 1908 I imagine to be part of the red variety portfolio to make fortified wines. Much later in the 1960s Durif was being used to make strongly flavoured table wines in Rutherglen and built a cult following.
Rutherglen is part of the Murray Basin though is nestled next to the rising Victorian alps, so the climate-weather makes full-flavoured and very interesting wines of a type you do not associate with vineyards regions further west along the Murray River. Growers and wine makers looking to broaden the diversity of varieties that suit the Barossa Valley introduced Durif in the 1980s.
Glug was attracted to the variety from our early days and join the small band of winemakers that see great potential in its Barossa future. Vintage 2019 was the second of the drought vintages.
This Karrawirra is an exceptional wine and is for drinkers who enjoy reds with a large frame.