Heritage Varieties Give Drinking Satisfaction
Bengalee Barossa Valley Grenache 2016
Region: Barossa Valley
We likely will never know what varieties were planted back in the pioneering days of the 1840s though likely a wide mix of varieties of which one should have been Grenache as it thrives in warm regions. Those first reds would have been field blends of many varieties and the division of vineyards into varietal types likely did not happen till later, possibly the 1880s.
By then large plantings of Grenache were underway at Seppeltsfield as the future had moved from table wines to fortified wines. Grenache ripens slowly to a high sugar level so for a future making sherries and ports it was a favourite variety. Indeed the first Seppelts Vintage Para Port was laid down in 1878.
We had to wait until the 1980s for a revival of table wines made from the heritage varieties of Mataro and Grenache and this now means many Barossa wineries offer examples. At Glug we offer a wide range of 100% Barossa Grenache reds and the Bengalee is our finest example.