Russell & Suitor, Alejandro, Durif, 2020, Riverland, South Australia, Australia

Producer Profile

Under the expert eye of the award-winning winemaker, Alex Russell, Alex Russell Wines has raised the bar of winemaking in South Australia’s Riverland region for the last six years. With a wealth of knowledge and experience in the industry, both locally and internationally, Alex’s motivation to create the best possible product has resulted in a diverse range of premium alternative wines.

Alex Russell has also been personally involved in designing and creating one of the most innovative and state-of-the-art wineries in Australia. The new facility includes a state-of-the-art cellar door for tourists, which is an excellent example of how Alex’s vision for the future is creating an exceptional product that will allow his customers to experience their brand first-hand.

Alex Russell’s reputation for producing some of the finest alternative wines in Australia is well earned.


The 2020 Vintage had hot and dry conditions, allowing fruit to fully ripen, resulting in a wine that is full flavoured, full bodied and full of colour.


The 2020 Alejandro Durif was made from small berries, small bunches and shrivel. Fermented out to 15.5% ABV and sulphured ex MLF this wine went straight to American oak – and the balance to old French. A rich wine to be taken very seriously.

Tasting Note

Impenetrable inky black in colour with a very deep bright dark red, black hue. Nosing reveals morello cherry, liquorice and graphite like scents followed by some toasty oak and pepper.

Rich and robust, ripe morello cherry and liquorice fruits are framed by a stern tannin structure which lends a grippy feel to the finish. Dark plum, subtle earthy graphite and spice characters are also apparent. Bright youthful acidity with a dry and tightly compacted aftertaste.

Goes well with

Perfectly cooked rib eye or any big rich meaty dish.


5-6 years.



Varieties: Durif 100%
Colour: Red
ABV: 15.5%
Closure: Screwcap
Style: Still Wine
Case Size: 12 x 75cl
Country: Australia
Region: Riverland
Vintage: 2020

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