Bot­tle Stop

Tony Love

The Advertiser - SA Weekend - - COVER ST -

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

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