Above: Legendary winemaker Daryl Groom (left) tastes with Bar Manager Alex Echaniz at the Gleneagles Country Club in Dallas.
Mosaic Wine Group rocked Dallas last week with legendary winemaker and Grange-veteran Daryl Groom, who was in town to judge the Dallas Morning News Wine Competition. If you’ve never heard of Daryl, you must have been living under a rock for the last twenty years. In the 1980s he was the winemaker at Penfolds in Australia and he made what is considered one of the greatest vintages of Grange: the 1986 Grange, awarded 100 points by Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate.
Above: While in Dallas, Daryl also tasted with top chef Frank Rumoré, owner of Four Winds Steakhouse in Wills Point, Texas, where Daryl’s Sauvignon Blanc, Zinfandel, and Shiraz are featured on the wine list.
Today, Daryl makes one of Australia’s top expressions of Shiraz, ranked number 2 in the country by Australian wine writer James Halliday. Daryl’s vineyards lie literally across the road from the historic Grange growing sites and were planted more than a decade ago with cuttings taken from Grange rootstock.