The Very Best of the Best
Rara Avis Barossa Valley Mataro Grenache 2012
Region: Barossa Valley, SA
I was nervous writing about the Rara Avis so I did a tasting of Mataros' and blends with Ben on the 20th March. Since we have called this blend 'Rara Avis', which roughly translates as rare and special, it must appear like that in the glass. While I loathe the taster who wanders down a line-up of wines with an imperious air and, without a moment's reflection, pronounces which two or three are the best, I was relieved to find I did just that with the Rara.
I then sat down on my own, glass in hand, sniffing and sipping in further study. The first was the 2002 vintage which was noted for the very high quality of Grenache and it was the dominant variety that year. Later Rara became more Mataro dominant and the 2012 is 56%, sourced from three vineyards, while the Grenache is from a single vineyard in the central Barossa Valley. The components are aged in new and older French and American oak. This is Barossa wine at its best and those large fashionable glasses are perfect for capturing this rare thing.