With secateurs in hand, these grape pickers are getting in the harvest at Yalumba in South Australia’s Barossa Valley. But the grapes they’re picking aren’t the usual varieties.
In Australia, most wines grapes are French, but three new wines are all Australian, grown from grapes. Developed by Australia’s science agency, CSIRO. The process has taken nearly thirty years to perfect.
“From the seed selection we then modify the best and evaluate them in a wide range of conditions in this case it’s taken us quite some time to develop the new varieties.”
After the success of early crosses of plants in the 1970’s, and the production of the first berries in 1976. The grapes needed to be tested for commercial development. The new wines follow CSIRO’s successful development, 25 years ago, of the white Taminga and light red Tarrango, grown in Victoria. The new wine grapes produce heavier reds and able to be grown more widely.
“We’ve evaluated them in a wide range of conditions in Australia, across a number of states and all of them are suited to the warmer regions moving into the cooler, but not the very cool regions. So they can be grown at a limit in an area like Coonawarra.”
The new all Australian wines, Tyrian, Rubienne and Cienna are true blue reds in every way.