Over the past few years there has been a gradual shift in thinking: maybe there is more to life than Shiraz. There always has been, of course. Many of the wines we used to call "claret" and we now call dry red included a couple of silent partners along with the Shiraz. We had Grenache and Mourvedre in the blend, but not on the label. But not any more. The wines now proudly proclaim that they now contain these once Cinderella varieties.
The Barossa resembles the Rhone Valley, at least in its varietal composition. So it really is no surprise that we have some wonderful Grenache based roses emerging, and we have a company making a wine as a blend of three red varieties, and three Rhone white varieties, namely Marsanne, Roussanne and Ugni Blanc. Meanwhile another pioneer is growing the Russian Saperavi as well as the unusual Italian varieties Sagrantino and Gargenega.
Check out an alternative varietal view of the Barossa Valley