The winemakers of Pinelli Estate were delighted recently when the 2016 Durif Reserve was awarded with the Silver Medal at the 2017 Singapore Airlines Swan Valley Wineshow as the highest rated Durif in show. This was matched with a further Silver Medal at the 2017 Perth Royal Wine Show, where it was the highest rated Durif in its Class, equal to the best Durif in show.
The Pinelli Estate Durif, is no stranger to awards however, being recognised previously with the Trophy for Best Varietal Red other than Shiraz at the 2015 Singapore Airlines Swan Valley Wineshow.
The awards for the Pinelli Estate Durif has validated Pinelli Estate’s decision to become the first producer of this new French varietal in the Swan Valley. The judges at the 2015 Wineshow concurred, stating that the “Durif looked ideally suited to the region”.
Since the 2015 Wineshow, the Pinelli Estate Durif has won further awards including:
- Silver medal at the Rutherglen Wineshow (2017)
- Bronze medal for the Durif Reserve 2016 & 2017 at the Swan Valley Wineshow (2018)
- Bronze medal for the Durif Reserve (2017) at the Perth Royal Wineshow (2018)
The Durif is rich and dense with dark fruits on the nose and palate with some underlying tannin giving structure to the wine. A perfect match to rich tomato-based pasta or red meat dishes such as beef or venison.
You can buy the Durif Reserve 2016 online or visit the Pinelli Estate Cellar Door and taste it yourself.