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Why we love these wines
Two of the world’s rarest grape varieties – Durif and Marsanne – both just happen to be two of the wines that those fabulous people at All Saints Estate do best. These rare birds, both of which originate in France, thrive in the cool Rutherglen climate with its long, dry and mild autumn days.
Each of the wines is produced from grapes from their own estate, and both benefit from a couple of years in the bottle before sipping – which for these 2015 vintages is right now. If you’re already a fan of these regional heroes, then this is your lucky day. And if you’ve never tried either Durif or Marsanne before, then get ready to buckle up and take a vinous ride into the new and super fabulous. These two exquisite offerings have both scored huge marks from wine reviewers at every turn.
We’re massive fans of these two wines and of All Saints Estate, and hope that you will be too after trying them!
Who are All Saints?
Siblings Eliza, Angela and Nicholas Brown form the fourth-generation wine family who own and run All Saints Estate. And yes, you recognise that surname because they are indeed the cousins of the Brown Brothers clan! Eldest sibling Eliza has taken over the reigns as CEO with sister Angela overseeing all elements of brand, sales and public relations as Sales and Marketing Director. Brother Nicholas, heads up the winemaking team and oversees all properties and vineyards as General Manager. It’s a total family affair.
How do they do it? Eliza says that; “We enjoy drinking fine wine, which keeps the union strong – family who play together, stay together.” Amen, sister!
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All Saints 2015 Marsanne
Region: Rutherglen, Victoria
RRP: $25.00 as at 30/05/17
Have you tried Marsanne before? Get ready to have your world rocked. This original French varietal has been calling All Saints home for more than fifty years, and with vines that old you know it’s going to give you something special in the glass. This baby is bitey and textural but at the same time somehow also timeless, fresh and searingly dry. Think of it like a retro radio mix belting out your favourite anthems.
It’s a wicked combination of tarte au citron, herbal tonic, and tangy, fresh grapefruit juice that marries brilliantly with rich and creamy winter fare.
All Saints 2015 Durif
Region: Rutherglen, Victoria
RRP: $30.00 as at 30/05/17
Durif is a cross between Syrah (Shiraz) and the lesser known Peloursin grape variety, developed in France in the 1860s, but is virtually unknown except for little pockets in places like Australia’s own Rutherglen. This handsome devil is dark. So dark he’s almost black to the core. But still fun and friendly. Could we be so bold as to call it the Alice Cooper of wines? Loaded with licorice, aniseed, blackberry and stewed plum but with a lick of acid to make it all so well balanced you can’t wait for your next sip. Devilishly good with slow cooked lamb shanks and a quiet night by the fire, but equally as thrilling sipped in the dark with the music blaring.
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