2006 Massena Howling Dog Durif – Barossa Valley. Winery owner Justine Henschke holds bottle next to WA Susan Barros. Very interesting tasting of Australian wines Susan Barros organized today for the first Wine Australia Tasting of 2011 -- Unusual Varietals and Classic Blends.
Petit Sirah is also known as Durif (a French varietal and said to be a cross between Peloursin & Syrah). Got a couple of interesting wine offer emails over the weekend. And two stood out, as they were priced to TRY. The first is a Petit Sirah from California. Petit Sirah is a varietal I had initially understood to be a blending grape - one that could provide color, strength & structure to a blend (often with Zinfandel).