All Saints 'Family Cellar' Durif 2009
1 or more bottles$54.99
James Halliday92 points
The one-hat Terrace Restaurant makes this a must-stop for any visitor to North East Victoria, as does the National Trust-listed property with its towering castle centrepiece. All Saints and St Leonards are owned and managed by fourth-generation Brown family members Eliza, Angela and Nick. Eliza is an energetic and highly intelligent leader, wise beyond her years, and highly regarded by the wine industry. The Brown family celebrated the winery's 150th anniversary in 2014.
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- Black Cherry
- Black Fruits
- Red Meat
Critic Scores & reviews
"There is an obvious step up in oak handling in this wine from the '10 standard durif, with essency fruit and lots of oak-derived spice on display; the palate is rich and generous, sweet-fruited and toasty; a little more of everything here."
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About the brand All Saints Estate
All Saints Estate is a family-owned winery on the banks of the Murray River in Wahgunyah in northeast Victoria, Australia. Scotsmen George Sutherland Smith and John Banks established the estate in 1864, building the on-site castle by hand. The All Saints Estate castle has since been classified by the Victorian Heritage Register and National Trust. These days, siblings Eliza, Angela, and Nicholas Brown own the estate, bringing a modern attitude to their approach to wine. They aim to make and sell handcrafted fine wines that are true reflections of where they are produced and hope to make a mark on the future landscape of Australian winemaking both domestically and abroad. Wine varietals include Marsanne, Chardonnay, Riesling, Muscat, Muscadelle, Shiraz, Durif, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and more.