De Bortoli Rutherglen Estate Durif 2019

De Bortoli Rutherglen Estate Durif 2019

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Our Durif is grown on the De Bortoli ShelleyÕs Vineyard on the eastern edge of the Rutherglen region. The site has an interesting gravel, clay and alluvial soil mix with different aspects, which helps generate different flavour profiles. The start of the growing season held promise with warmer than average temperatures, but small and regular rain meant that growth was even and strong through Spring. In December and January temperatures were significantly higher than average with December being 3.5 degrees and January 5.7 degrees above the long term average. This placed a strain on the vines, but with careful monitoring and irrigation the vines got through the January period with reduced berry size and yields and in reasonable condition. This careful vineyard management of both vine canopy and irrigation was the key to resulting in a strong year for the Rutherglen reds. Alc/Vol: 14.7%, pH: 3.57, TA: 5.5g/l