Penfolds Cellar Reserve Durif 2017

Cellar Reserve

Cellar Reserve Durif 2017

Penfolds Cellar Reserve wines are alternative, limited release wines that explore the innovative boundaries of viticulture, vinification and style.

Cellar Reserve Barossa Valley Durif is sourced from a single-vineyard in the Barossa Valley. This wine introduces the debut appearance of this varietal from Penfolds. It is a unique expression of Durif, conveying characters of black fruits, spice and tamed tannins, replete with a definitive Penfolds stamp.

When To Drink

Drinking well now, but will improve with time. Peak drinking window 2020 - 2030. 

Taste Description

Lustrous purple-red.

Altogether different – varietally correct, without exaggeration or artefact.
Black olive, mulberry leaf and loganberry/boysenberry fruits arch above, unencumbered by any intrusion of oak.
An unfamilial dustiness infused with malt, and wafts of wild black Basmati rice instantly remind of a varietal point-of-difference.

Plush and mouth filling, with a beguiling satin texture.
Glossy and finely polished (gemstone- like)… the emery-board tannins of the inaugural 2013 Durif release re-appear!
A sweet-berried (mulberry?) mid-palate tussles with a sour cherry/persimmon/cumquat ‘bite’ on the finish. Intriguing.
Youthful, with presence.

Technical Information

Origin: Barossa Valley, South Australia.

Maturation: 14 months in seasoned French oak.

Wine Analysis:Alc/Vol: 15%, Acidity: 5.6 g/L, pH: 3.82.

Variety: Durif.

Vintage Conditions

Plentiful winter rainfall provided the vines across the Barossa Valley healthy soil moisture profiles in the lead up to the growing season. A cool start to spring slowed vine growth with temperatures gradually warming in October. It was a vintage that challenged grape growers, who had to work hard to control vine vigour. Weather conditions during harvest were generally benign with prevailing conditions extending harvest. Slow ripening ensured flavoursome grapes with well-developed colours and tannins. 

First Vintage: 2013.