Alternatus, substitute, addition, opposite, converse, flipside, another, alternative. The ALTERNATUS project came to life as we discussed how fantastic some of the red wines of Spain are, particularly the Grenache, when it is made in to a silky Joven style as compared to the usual big, robust reds we traditionally make it into. Our initial aim was to make a lighter “Spanish” styled red wine that still displayed great varietal and regional character with versatility to match many different types of food. We were after a wine that could be served chilled or at room temperature depending on the situation. As we explored the idyllic McLaren Vale region to find the right vineyard to produce this style we soon discovered fantastic parcels of Tempranillo and the emerging white varieties of Vermentino and Fiano that could be crafted into a range of modern “alternative” wines that would fit into a variety of imbibing and eating situations. More recently a Carignan has been added to the range.