Durif fine wine from Southern Australia
Durif is a red wine grape that is grown in the Rutherglen region of Australia. The grape was originally planted in the 1860s by Dr. Alexander Maconochie, and it is thought to be a cross between Syrah and Petite Sirah. Durif is a thick-skinned grape, which makes it resistant to rot and pests. The grape produces wines with high tannins and alcohol levels. Durif wines are typically full-bodied, with dark fruit flavors and spice notes.
The Rutherglen region is known for its red wines, and Durif is one of the most popular grapes grown in the area. Although it is a popular grape in Australia, Durif has not yet been widely planted in the United States. The grape has been used in some California Zinfandel blends, but most of the plantings are found in Australia and South Africa. Durif is also known under the synonyms Duriffe, Durif du Rutherglen, Hospices de Beaune 13, and Petite Rouge. The Durif grape is a crossing of the Petit Verdot and Peloursin grapes.
Durif wines tend to be full-bodied, with dark fruit flavors and spice notes. Because the grape is quite tannic and acidic, it can be blended with other grapes for a smoother taste. The grape's thick skins also make it ideal for producing port wine. Durif is a very vigorous variety, which can be prone to producing high yields. It has black, blue-black, or violet colored berries that are small in size.