Bobal Grape Variety in Australia
A reader asks: I'm interested to know if anyone knows anything about the Spanish variety red wine variety Bobal, whether its grown in Australia anywhere and any information about it.
All I know is that it stands harsh conditions (heat, frost, drought) well and is from Valencia in Spain.Darby replies
As far as I know there is no-one in Australia currently growing Bobal. However I wouldn't be surprised if there is someone in the process of introducing it. Bobal was listed as part of the CSIRO's Grapevine Variety collection in 1995.
As the reader says Bobal's home range is Valencia and other areas in South East Spain. In the past Bobal has been noted for the production of intensely coloured bulk wines, but in a familiar story, modern production methods have contributed to better quality wines over recent years.
Jancis Robinson in The Oxford Companion to Wine notes that Bobal is noted for its ability to retain acidity in warm conditions. This is an important consideration in many Australian regions.
Can any Vinodiversity readers tell us if anyone is growing this variety?
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