In Praise of Barossa Mataro
Crayford Barossa Valley Mataro 2019
Region:Barossa Valley, South Australia
It is right to bring new or alternative varieties to Australia and it also makes sense to praise what we have grown for 150 years. Mataro makes great to profound wines and is finest when ripened in a warm country or region. Mataro from the Barossa Valley is world class.
Prior to the embrace of table wines which began strongly in the 1960s the heritage varieties of the Barossa Valley, Shiraz, Grenache and Mataro were grown for the fortified market of ports and sherry. This means the reputation of the Barossa Valley for table wines is quite recent.
Shiraz has found fame assisted by the influence of Penfolds reds such as Grange and St Henri. Years ago in the 1960s Penfolds sold a Penfolds Bin 2 Shiraz Mataro to the U.K. market which was familiar with Spanish and French Mataro. It sold well in the Farmer Bros store in Canberra though did not gain acceptance and was discontinued. A few years back it returned which illustrates how the Australian palate is maturing.
Glug are strong supporters of Mataro and release three or four Barossa wines each vintage plus we use Mataro in blends.