Peter Fraser: Lifting the Vale

27th January, 2016 by Patrick Schmitt

Peter Fraser is a man intent on establishing old-vine Grenache as the McLaren Vale’s prized viticultural possession. Here, Australia’s 2016 Winemaker of the Year talks about the variety’s extraordinary appeal.

22-25-Interview-DSLS-4Whenever we start a new year, there’s always a natural urge to look back at the past 12 months and pick out the most important moments.

Among these must be the sale of Diageo’s wine division to Treasury Wine Estates, or, in the UK specifically, Majestic’s acquisition of fast-growing online retailer Naked Wines.

But there’s something else that’s notable about 2015 – it was a great year for Grenache. And that’s thanks to one man: Peter Fraser, winemaker at McLaren Vale’s Yangarra Estate Vineyard – home to some of Australia’s oldest bush vine Grenache.

Fraser has been a long-time promoter of Grenache, but it wasn’t until this year that he received an impressive accolade for his skilled work, an award that has increased his international standing significantly, and consequently, the reputation of this underrated grape.

Named Australian Winemaker of the Year in July 2015 by the country’s most respected wine critic, James Halliday, Fraser has spent the past five months on a worldwide tour, meeting press and….

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One Response to “Peter Fraser: Lifting the Vale”

  1. Richard Warland says:

    So sad that we paid growers to pull out old bush vine Grenache in the 1980’s. I guess history should now tell us that the industry moves in cycles!

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