Over the last few years this wine from the Riverina region of Australia, has picked up an almost cult following. It is big, bold, powerful and intensely concentrated, with brooding aromas of black fruits and dark chocolate. The palate is definitely on the rich and weighty side, but not over-the-top, with the tannins and dusty oak balancing the fruit and alcohol nicely.
Winery notes (2017 Vintage)
"Intense deep crimson with vibrant purple hue. 3 Bridges Durif has an aromatic blood plum and dark chocolate nose with an array of ripe blackberries, supported by toasty American oak. A full bodied palate with big rich characters, encompassing a tannic mouth feel of vanillin and coconut combined with sweet fruit and warm alcohol."
92/100 Toni Paterson MW, The Real Review, June 2019 (2017 Vintage)
"If you love durif you will find this a most excellent and satisfying example. Yes, it is a big wine, but what sets it apart from the pack is its brightness. It is laden with boysenberry and mulberry flavours, with oak adding accents of vanilla and spice. It is full in body, but not syrupy or viscous in any way. The tannins have been managed beautifully."
Reviews for the 2016 vintage below…
5 Stars & 94/100 Sam Kim, Wine Orbit, February 2018 (2016 Vintage)
"Powerful and gloriously fruited, the bouquet shows blackberry jam, blueberry, vanilla, cedar and chocolate tart characters, leading to a concentrated palate that is plush and opulent. The wine is dense and velvety, and offers terrific drinking. At its best: now to 2024."