Monday, 31 October 2016

Bill Calabria’s Three Bridges Durif

ONE TO NOTE:  BILL Calabria has a most more-ish Durif under the 3 Bridges label of his Calabria Family Wines in the NSW Riverina, a wine that's big enough to stand up to the gutsiness of a hearty osso bucco, braised oxtail or a good Rogan Josh (lamb curry.)

This interesting varietal whose quite tiny berries produce a wine almost impenetrably black in the glass, originated in France, but today is found mainly in  only Australia (principally the Riverina and Rutherglen in Victoria,) and in California and Israel.

Bill Calabria's Three Bridges Durif is intensely flavoured with dark plums, Morello cherries, coffee and coconut to the fore, has toasty vanillin oak and a nice little spiciness. At $25 it's a great match with those dining suggestions above.


[] HERE'S a red that's big enough to stand up to the gutsiness of a hearty osso bucco, braised oxtail or a good Rogan Josh (lamb curry.)

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