About the Wine
Bastardo is a great name for a grape variety. But if you're not comfortable with the Portuguese, you can stick with the more common French Trousseau or the obscure Spanish Merenzao - these are all the same grape.
You've probably guessed that this is made in a Portuguese style - a bit more generous fruitiness than French rose, with a mind on drinking with food rather than on its own. Rich and ripe flavours cascade through this - strawberry and raspberry, mandarin and sour cherry, fresh thyme and flint. Pour into a wide glass and let those aromas unfurl.
It all started in 2002, when Anne and David Mazza planted six different varieties in their own vineyard. There is a 'but,' though. This was unlike any plantation in Western Australia, let alone Geographe. It was the new home of Bastardo, Graciano, Tempranillo, Tinta Cao, Touriga and Sousao - all grapes from the Iberian Peninsula.
The pair were inspired by their own trip through Spain and Portugal, and are proudly waving the flag for these grapes and their increased use in Australian wine. With inherent suitability to the climate, the vineyards are minimally irrigated and sprayed, making them great reflections of terroir.
Dave and Anna have already gotten the attention from several winemakers, who have used the fruit for their own wines and have been inspired to plant them themselves. The future in Geographe looks bright.