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2015 A.T. Richardson Hard Hill Road Durif


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Our Price: $39.99 / bottle (RRP: $50.00 ) Case: 6 x 750ml

' A very big wine, destined for a very long life. All the components are in balance.'
96 Points - Huon Hooke

  • This red was made by Adam (A.T.) Richardson, a born and bred Western Australian with a first career as a navy aviator. Once a winemaker at Oakridge in the Yarra Valley, his wine credentials are particularly focused on the US where he was once Treasury Wine Estate's US Chief Winemaker, running the famous Californian producer Stag's Leap Winery amongst others. Adam's Durif connection comes from Stag's Leap renowned Petite Sirah - a seriously dense, full bodied red with mega rich flavours. You know what the other name for Petite Sirah is? Durif! Hence, when Adam returned home it was only natural that he made a Durif, and the A.T. Richardson Hard Hill Road Durif was born. Sourced from the Hard Hill Road Vineyard in Victoria's Grampians region, this stunning red showcases that unrivaled Durif flavour intensity, wooing everyone with the luscious flavours.


    Low-intervention winemaking techniques including whole bunch fermentation, hand plunging and extended maceration are employed for this wine. The wine receives approximately six weeks on skins, after which it is pressed by a small hand-operated basket press into 500l American oak puncheons, where it remains for 18 months.

    The initial impression of this Durif is a tight and compact structure that holds a myriad of aromatic flavours close to its heart. However, with time in the glass, the wine readily unwinds to display a warm, generous and aromatic character.


    Primary flavours of cassis, blueberries, anise and the wonderfully floral elements of violets and rose petals float from the glass. The tannins are rich and evolve into the late palate providing a long, lively finish. A wonderful expression of what Durif is capable of outside it's more established Australian home.


    'Machine-harvested, 4 days cold soak, open-fermented in small batches with cultured yeast, matured in American oak (50% new) for 12 months. Dense crimson-purple; a strange place for durif to bob up in, except for Adam Richardson's experience with the variety in the US (there called petit syrah). This is as good as durif comes in disciplined form, the extract controlled. Black fruits have a distinct spicy savoury edge, and the tannins are fine, oak unimportant.'
    95 Points - James Halliday

    'Very deep youthful purple/red colour; the bouquet showing a trace of coconut as well as char from the 50% new American oak, while the palate is very powerful, concentrated and dense. Black fruits, stony/earthy overtones, and a powerful palate. It concludes with a forceful tannin grip. A very big wine, destined for a very long life. All the components are in balance.'
    96 Points - Huon Hooke

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