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Durif

Durif is a red wine grape variety primarily grown in California, Australia and France. In Australia it was made famous by the pioneering winemakers of Victoria's Rutherglen region, where it produces wonderfully dark, inky coloured table wines with immense power and great longevity. Durif wines often have herbal, peppery overtones with plum and blueberry being their most prominant characteristic. A good Australian Durif can be a very tannic red with robust flavours so can age for up to 20 years. Look out for makers such as Victoria's Nugan Estate , Rutherglen's Campbells Wines and the NSW producer Westend Estate, who all produce great examples of this quirky style.

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