Spanish Reds Come to Barossa
Crayford Barossa Valley Graciano Cabernet 2014
Region: Barossa Valley, South Australia
Warmth and the Barossa Valley go together and it makes sense to grow varieties which thrive in a similar warm climate. Recent arrivals from the warm, dry lands of Spain with a proven record are Graciano and Tempranillo. Many European countries do not of course refer to varieties on labels however if you have ever drunk good Spanish reds it is highly likely you are already familiar with Graciano.
Australian wine making tends to bring out a richer, plusher expression of a variety and so it is with this interpretation of the traditional Spanish red from lets imagine Rioja. While adventurous growers will plant a few rows of new varieties it needs adventurous consumers to complete the loop. There is a small core of these in Australia and many, thankfully purchase from Glug, though my long retail experience knows that pushing deeper into consumer land is hard. Try this Crayford and I can assure you the location of the Barossa Valley with its rich style, swamps all varieties.