Brilliant Parker Winemaking
Bengalee Barossa Valley Shiraz Mataro 2014
Region: Barossa Valley
The three heritage red varieties of the Barossa Valley are Shiraz, Grenache and Mataro and they did all they were asked of in the long, dark ages of fortified wines and spirits. When the great Max Schubert (Penfolds Grange fame) returned to Australia in 1950 after his enlightening trip to Europe he wished to make a Bordeaux red but could not find enough Cabernet and instead worked with Shiraz.
I like the term 'the work horse' as the first of the three varieties to be elevated from repetitious but necessary work was a now a premium worker.
The other two were to wait four more decades to be promoted. Of the two Mataro has been in the background of most of the Barossa Valley reds you have tried and its appearance on the front label is because of this rise in status.
It has always made great wine but time and fashion has been against it. It forms the necessary backbone in this wonderful new release from the winemaker Benjamin Parker.