Nugan Estate Durif Riverina Manuka Grove 2004

Member Review by winecanine:

If you like 'em big, the Nugan Estate Manuka Grove Vineyard Durif 2004 (Southeastern Australia) is for you. Poured straight from the bottle, you might not think there's anything special about this wine. But give it half an hour in a decanter, and it will reward you with a big, rich nose of vanilla and dark chocolate. It's full and smooth on the palate, with more dark chocolate and ripe, dark berries. The spicy, 30-second finish leaves a lingering flavor of unsweetened baker's chocolate. Even after decanting, the Nugan Durif has enough friendly tannins to stand up to whatever kind of steak you want to pair with it. In our case, it was grilled Porterhouses, and it was a perfect match. A little history: The Durif grape was developed by François Durif, a French botanist at the University of Montpellier, during the late 19th century. While trying to develop a variety resistant to powdery mildew, he crossed the Syrah grape with the Peloursin variety. He succeeded in that, but the his new variety formed such tight bunches of grapes that it was more prone to rot in the climatic conditions of Rhône Valley. However, it is well suited for the drier, sunnier climates of California and Australia. It has long been misidentified as "Petite Syrah," which is a smaller variety of the Syrah grape, and in fact the United States Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms considers Durif and Petite Sirah (the name is spelled in various ways) to be the same grape for labeling purposes.

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Nugan Estate:
Nugan Estate is a premium producer of estate grown wine based in Griffith, New South Wales. It is part of the Nugan Group, which was founded in 1940 on fruit and vegetable packing and expanded in the 1970s into juice production – later becoming one of the largest exporters of niche juice products to Asia. This success resulted in our CEO, Michelle Nugan, being recognised as a Telstra Business ... Read more
Nugan Estate is a premium producer of estate grown wine based in Griffith, New South Wales. It is part of the Nugan Group, which was founded in 1940 on fruit and vegetable packing and expanded in the 1970s into juice production – later becoming one of the largest exporters of niche juice products to Asia. This success resulted in our CEO, Michelle Nugan, being recognised as a Telstra Business Woman of the Year and Australian Export Hero. In 1993 Nugan Group further diversified its operations planting vineyards and selling fruit under contract. From there, winemaking was a natural progression. Read less

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Snooth User: winecanine
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5.00 5
06/28/2007

If you like 'em big, the Nugan Estate Manuka Grove Vineyard Durif 2004 (Southeastern Australia) is for you. Poured straight from the bottle, you might not think there's anything special about this wine. But give it half an hour in a decanter, and it will reward you with a big, rich nose of vanilla and dark chocolate. It's full and smooth on the palate, with more dark chocolate and ripe, dark berries. The spicy, 30-second finish leaves a lingering flavor of unsweetened baker's chocolate. Even after decanting, the Nugan Durif has enough friendly tannins to stand up to whatever kind of steak you want to pair with it. In our case, it was grilled Porterhouses, and it was a perfect match. A little history: The Durif grape was developed by François Durif, a French botanist at the University of Montpellier, during the late 19th century. While trying to develop a variety resistant to powdery mildew, he crossed the Syrah grape with the Peloursin variety. He succeeded in that, but the his new variety formed such tight bunches of grapes that it was more prone to rot in the climatic conditions of Rhône Valley. However, it is well suited for the drier, sunnier climates of California and Australia. It has long been misidentified as "Petite Syrah," which is a smaller variety of the Syrah grape, and in fact the United States Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms considers Durif and Petite Sirah (the name is spelled in various ways) to be the same grape for labeling purposes.


Snooth User: Skye
354384
4.00 5
11/21/2007

I don't usually drink many new world reds, but I tried this at a wine fest a few weeks ago and it blew my socks off! I had to buy a bottle at the festival to bring home with me.


Snooth User: coryj
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4.00 5
11/12/2007

Four glasses



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