Origin: Barossa Valley
Region: South Australia
Style: Full-bodied red wine
Durif is such a show-stopper at tastings. You can’t put your finger on it, but it tastes damn good. Every. Single. Time. In the States it’s known as Petite Sirah, the word “Petite” indicating the size of the berries that make this grape so distinct. But how did it end up in Australia? Durif was first planted in Australia in the Rutherglen region by pioneering Victorian viticulturalist Francois de Castella in 1908. It suits warmer and drier climates, so is a natural fit for a number of regions, including Kalleske’s Barossa Valley.
In South Australia’s Barossa Valley, the Kalleske family have been farming and growing grapes since 1853 near the village of Greenock. Due to this depth of experience, they are one of the region’s leading grape growing families. The quality of these grapes results in the Kalleske’s being part of the select few that are chosen to provide grapes for the world renowned Penfold’s Grange.