ATR Wines Hard Hill Road Petite Sirah 2019

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Grampians, Victoria, Australia

Style: Red Wine

Variety: Durif (Petite Sirah)

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Producer: ATR Wines

Country: Australia

Region: Grampians

Vintage: 2019

Critic Score: 96

Alcohol: 14.5%

Size: 750 ml

Drink by: 2040

Spicy, full-flavoured, full-bodied. Remarkably juicy, almost elegant. A durif of beauty and uncommon quality - Nick Munday

Winemaker Adam Richardson selected the very special terroir of the Hard Hill Road Vineyard to call home and craft the A.T. Richardson brand (ATR Wines). He purchased the property in 2005 and spent the next 10 years improving the vineyards and planting more vines and new varieties - including Durif, Nebbiolo and Tannat.

Durif (also known as Petite Sirah) is a varietal that is often synonymous with the Rutherglen region in north-east Victoria which put the varietal on the map here in Australia. Durif has thick-skinned, black grapes that can produce majestic wines of depth and character. With his many years of experience with this variety in America, Adam is one of the few winemakers who dare to plant Durif in cooler climates. 

"Retains the grape's easy ability to be bold and full bodied, but also brings a degree of elegance."  Jeni Port 

"Grown on our Hard Hill Road vineyard in Great Western, these Petite Sirah grapes were hand-picked and fermented in open topped 500L puncheons. We employed low-intervention winemaking techniques including some whole bunch fermentation, hand plunging and extended maceration. After about four weeks on skins, the wine was gently pressed before being aged in 500L American Oak puncheons for 18 months.

The initial impression of this Petite Sirah is a tight and compact structure that holds a myriad of aromatic flavours close to its heart. However, with time in the glass, the wine readily unwinds to display a warm, generous, and aromatic character. Primary flavours of cassis, blueberries, anise, and the wonderful floral elements of violets and rose petals float from the glass. The tannins are fine and rich and evolve into the late palate providing a long, engaging finish.

This Hard Hill Road wine is built to last. Although it already presents a seamless balance of fruit depth and tannin, it will continue to entwine all aspects of its personality and gain further complexity with decades of cellar time [20+ years]."  ATR Wines

Expert reviews

"Inky, vibrant, deep purple colour. A spicy, full-flavoured, full-bodied red, but beautifully structured with impressive balance and length, finishing with supple, ripe, savoury tannins. It's remarkably juicy, almost elegant due to its cool-climate origin and a far cry from the typical Durif with mouth-drying tannins. A Durif of beauty and uncommon quality."  Nick Munday, Canterbury Wines - 96 points and Special Value Wine  ★ (Tasted Dec 2022)

"What we know as durif in Australia is called petite sirah in America, where the winemaker has had long experience with the grape. Inky, midnight purple-black hue. Retains the grape's easy ability to be bold and full bodied, but also brings a degree of elegance – not quite so easy to achieve – in rosemary, black pepper, black cherry and blueberry, dressed easily in black tea tannins. Drink by 2034."  Jeni Port, Halliday Wine Companion - 95 points 


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About the winery

ATR Wines

Winemaker Adam Richardson, born in Western Australia, has been making wine professionally since 1995. He held various senior international winemaking and management roles including chief winemaker for Treasury Wine Estates Americas and vice president of international winemaking for the major California-based The Wine Group. In these roles, Adam produced wines from almost every major wine appellation around the world and saw his name on the back label of about 70 million bottles of wine!

However Australia beckoned and after a 10-year search, he and his family selected the very special terroir of the Hard Hill Road Vineyard to call home and craft the A.T. Richardson brand (ATR Wines). They purchased the property in 2005 while they were still living in America, and planted their first blocks of Shiraz, Riesling and Durif in 2006. The first vintage of ATR wines was 2007, and they made just 200 dozen from a neighbour's vines. They spent the next 10 years improving the vineyards, planting more vines and new varieties (including Durif, Nebbiolo and Tannat), and in 2016 packed up the family and make the big move down under full time.

The close-planted vines at the Hard Hill Road Vineyard are nestled along a ridgeline that overlooks the Grampians ranges and are surrounded by a eucalypt forest. With its own special microclimate, the Hard Hill Road Vineyard's cool ripening conditions and naturally low-yielding vines produce wines with layers of intense flavours and a velvety structure. The challenging growing conditions, the unyielding soil, characterised by ironstone and quartz outcrops, and the low annual rainfall conspire to produce fruit of wonderful intensity and balance.

Their focus has been to create modern, cutting edge wines from the historic Grampians region, both from traditional varieties, as well as some lesser known varieties.  Adam's passion is to create wines that surprise the taster, but at the same time truly represent the vineyard in which they were grown. They are one of the few wine growers to plant Nebbiolo in the Grampians, and the only one to grow Tannat and Petite Sirah (also known as Durif). They use these varieties with a novel approach to create a series of unique and engaging red wine blends.

Wine region map of Victoria


Victoria is home to more than 800 wineries across 21 wine regions. The regions are Alpine Valley, Beechworth, Bendigo, Geelong, Gippsland, Glenrowan, Goulburn Valley, Grampians, Heathcote, Henty, King Valley, Macedon Ranges, Mornington Peninsula, Murray Darling, Pyrenees, Rutherglen, Strathbogie Ranges, Sunbury, Swan Hill, Upper Goulburn and Yarra Valley.

Victoria's first vines were planted at Yering in the Yarra Valley in 1838. By 1868 over 3,000 acres had been planted in Victoria, establishing Victoria as the premier wine State of the day. Today, the original vineyards planted at Best's Wines are among the oldest and rarest pre-phylloxera plantings in the world.

Victoria's climate varies from hot and dry in the north to cool in the south and each wine region specialises in different varietals. For example, Rutherglen in the north is famous for its opulent Muscats and Topaque and bold reds, while the many cooler climate regions near Melbourne produce world class Chardonnay and pinot Noir. Victoria is truly a wine lover's playground.