In The Sunlight At Last
Crayford Barossa Valley Mataro 2014
Region: Barossa Valley, SA
You will not find a genuine, handmade red from the Barossa Valley in old retail of this quality for under $20-that’s my promise. The four great red varieties of the Barossa are Shiraz, Mataro, Cabernet and Grenache with Cabernet being the most recent with large plantings dating from the 1970s.
The other three I refer to as the heritage varieties as these were planted back in the 1840s and 1850s. They struck gold in the Barossa as they flourished in this rare climate. Mataro is seen as a ‘workhorse’ and gave a back palate strength to many early Barossa Shiraz and is still widely used for this purpose. The time has arrived for it to stand alone and many artisans are now working to capture its complexity.
We are champions of the variety and for a modest price this Crayford will deliver power and complexity. Expand your range of favourites to embrace Mataro is my suggestion but not of course an example grown in a cool climate.