Crayford Barossa Valley Grenache 2017
Region: Barossa Valley
As the Crayford amply demonstrates Barossa Grenache should now be a regular part of your drinking range as the current group of winemakers, including Benjamin, have now mastered this variety making them world class. The first Crayford was the Crayford Barossa Valley Shiraz Mataro 2007 and since then there have been several dozen wines.
Rich and fruity with spartan oak use is the Crayford style though they are aged in old oak puncheons. The Barossa Valley has a rich source of old vine Grenache and since consumers have been slow to understand the beauty of the variety there has been no need for new plantings.
In the late 1970s I imported several wonderful houses from Chateauneuf du Pape which are made with Grenache so for many decades I was puzzled why the variety was so hard to sell in Australia when made from local grapes. Fortunately this is changing though not quickly. This lovely wine will promote the trend.