Calabria, Three Bridges Durif 2020 Riverina

17

Tasted from a 3-cl mini sample bottle. Presented by winemaker Emma Norbiato. 25-year-old Durif vines from two vineyards: one on heavy clay and the other loamy sand over limestone. 115 m. Fermented in open-top concrete 10-tonne fermenters, thoroughly plunged twice a day throughout a slow seven- to eight-day fermentation. After malo, they rack and transfer to 100% American oak, 30% new, 90% hogsheads and 10% barriques, for 10 months. Norbiato says, ‘Ours is unashamedly big.’ She picks very ripe; zero green tannins. TA 5.9 g/l, RS 3.4 g/l, pH 3.5. Screwcap.
Dark jam, coffee liqueur, coffeed dark chocolate, cassis. It’s a dark wine with plenty of sweet-spice impact from the American oak (chocolate, coconut, smoky-bourbon-like toffee notes) but I didn’t find it nearly as big as Norbiato suggested. In fact, it seems to come with reasonable restraint. The tannins are broad, sturdy, but polished. The fruit is ripe and sweet but not jammy. The finish has a pencil strip of graphite-grippy freshness that draws it into bold length. Superb balance. I cannot believe that this wine is £10.99 – is this the trade price? VGV (TC)

Producer
Calabria
Cuvée
Three Bridges
Grape variety
Appellation
Riverina
Country
Colour
Red
Alcohol
14.5%
Score
17
When to drink
2022
2027
Published on
11 May 2022
Date tasted
Reviewer
Stockist
£10.99 RRP imported by Nectar Imports