2016 LSD – Lagrein Shiraz Durif
2016 LSD – Lagrein Shiraz Durif, Lagrein’s Italian Heritage , balance and Beauty, Shiraz’s lush berries and great structure blended with Durif’ (Petite Sirah) intensity and length create a devine red blend
Our LSD blend is made up of 43% Lagrein from Langhorne Creek, 31% Shiraz which comes from both our Resurrection Estate Vineyard in Ebenezer, and also a parcel from John Lienert at Gomersal, and 26% Durif from the Hoffmann family vineyard in Bethany.
After harvest, in February 2016, the grapes were fermented separately in 5T and 10T open static fermenters for 7 – 8 days. After this time on skins, the ferment was pressed to majority old French oak Barriques, with two American oak Hogsheads also being used, for 18 months maturation.
Lagrein (pronounced lah-GRAH’EEN, lah-GRINE or lah-GRI’NE) is a red wine grape variety native to the valleys of South Tyrol, northern Italy. Along with Marzemino, it is a descendant of Teroldego, and related to Syrah, Pinot noir and Dureza. The name suggests its origins lie in the Lagarina valley of Trentino. (1)
Syrah, also known as Shiraz, is a dark-skinned grape variety grown throughout the world and used primarily to produce red wine. In 1999, Syrah was found to be the offspring of two obscure grapes from southeastern France, Dureza and Mondeuse Blanche. (1)
Durif is actually a cross between the noble grape Syrah and the less well-known Peloursin. It was created at the University of Montpellier in the 1880s by a gentleman named Dr. Durif – a nurseryman who was looking to develop a grape variety resistant to downy mildew, one of many scourges of the vine.
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