27 August, 2008
By increasing focus on international varieties, it puts the region in direct competition with all of the New World countries. Grapes such as Grenache are better suited to LR and, when well handled, can produce top -class wines with orginality and a point of difference. Old vines, such as Carignan in the same v ein, when blended will always produce more interesting wines - particularly from this region. Today I would not recommend that any of our growers plant anymore international grape varieties. Overall, my view is that it should not increase its focus on these varietals, but should develop its point of difference further.