When it comes to new varieties, they don’t come any fresher than bonvedro.
It has just appeared on bottles for the but there’s a much longer history to this Barossa Valley sourced variety.
Earlier this year, after questions raised by a curious French grape and vine expert, followed by DNA testing, it was revealed that much of the Barossa’s old vine carignan actually appeared to be rare red grape bonvedro grown in patches in Portugal, northeast Spain and even, it was thought, in northern Italy.
We know carignan as one of the dozen or more grape varieties that make up the revered Rhone Valley red blends from southern France, and with that tradition it has often been included in the Barossa Valley’s take on those, which have featured grenache, shiraz and mourvedre as the main players but often also included carignan and cinsault as the original French blends do.
One of the best of these currently is the Hewitson 2012 Miss Harry ($26), which scored highly in the recent