The durif grape, also sometimes known as petite syrah, has a cult following among aficionados of bigger-style reds, and thrives in warm climes of Rutherglen in north-east Victoria. This is a more elegant durif than many of its counterparts, the result of a cooler vintage. It has plenty of intense fruit flavours but rather less weight than is the case in warmer years. Medium-bodied and spicy, this is a soft and approachable red that offers something just a little bit different. Try pairing it with a venison goulash. $35. www.stantonandkilleenwines.com.au.