Durif wine grapes in Western Australia

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Durif grapevines were evaluated for fruit and wine production in Manjimup from 2007 to 2010. Ripening conditions were challenging with bunches displaying diseases.

Durif wines originated in France and are known to have high levels of tannins that enable cellaring potential. Typically the wines are firm, high in alcohol, full-flavoured with a degree of acidity.

Discovered by François Durif in 1880, DNA analysis has confirmed that Durif is a cross between Shiraz and Peloursin.

Its origin is the Rhone Valley but because of its susceptibility to Botrytis it performs much better in warmer, drier regions.

Durif is known as ‘Petite Syrah’ in America and Israel.

Production at Manjimup

Durif (clone H7V13) was identified by the wine industry as having potential for the development of premium WA wine. Vines were planted for evaluation in Manjimup in 2003.

Timing of key phenology stages

Budburst

(E-L 4)

Full bloom

(E-L 23)

Veraison

(E-L 35)

Harvest

(E-L 38)

Mid-late September

Early-mid December

Mid-late February

Early April

Durif rootlings showed good establishment in trials at Manjimup. Durif vines produced large fruit crops early in development, however vines showed more balance in fruit-set and development after establishment for six years. Durif is highly susceptible to Botrytis and develops highly compact bunches with large wings.

Fruit has dark berry flavours, firm acid, grainy tannins with chewy skins. Durif wines have ripe plum, dark berry, subtle spice and dried fruit aromas. Wines are medium-bodied, firm with fine tannins, and have flavours of dark cherries and plum.

Production characteristics

Productivity

Medium-high

Berry weight

Medium

Bunch weight

High

Fruit yield/vine

3.8kg

Disease susceptibility

Medium-high

Equivalent yield

6.3t/ha

Bunch compaction

High

Vigour

Medium

Juice TSS (°Brix)

22.5

Juice Baumé

12.5

Juice pH

3.3

Juice TA g/L

7.5

Wine judging results

Points awarded out of a maximum of 20

2009 Winemakers Panel

2010 Timber Towns Wine Show

2010 Qantas Wine Show

15.6

16.1

14.7

Contact information

Richard Fennessy
+61 (0)8 9780 6219
Kristen Brodison
+61 (0)8 9780 6189