As one of the original varieties planted in Australia, there are many vineyard sites, especially Barossa Valley with Grenache vines dating back to the late 1800s. These vines were thought to have originated from the south of France.
In recent years our team have recognised the beauty of the ripe, spicy, cherry and raspberry-scented characters that single-varietal Grenache can yield.
Australia is home to the oldest Grenache vineyards in the world with still productive vines dating back to 1850. Grenache has a long history as a workhorse red variety and was used extensively in fortified wine production. Single-varietal Grenache is currently extremely popular and the varietal also forms the backbone of classic red blends, partnering beautifully with Shiraz and Mourvedre, aka Monastrell and Mataro (GSM). Grenache is also used successfully in the production of Rose.
In the vineyard
Grenache is an early budding late ripening variety so is well suited to warmer zones. It is a vigorous variety that can yield prolifically. If over-cropped the wines can be simple and basic – keeping yields low results in higher quality, better-structured wines.
Given that it buds early and ripens late, Grenache is best suited to warmer Mediterranian climate regions like our Barossa region.
A wide range of styles of Grenache has emerged, from medium-bodied to quite rich and flavourful.
A wide range of qualities exist. Affordable, every day drinking wines through to classically structured, old vine examples like Our Limited Release Grenache
In The Glass - Style & Character
This wine seamlessly combines fine dusty tannin and crunchy red fruits. Fresh raspberry and cherry notes.
Roasted lemon thyme chicken. Crispy pork with Asian style salad.
Medium-term, cellaring will be rewarded, however, the wine is also perfect for immediate enjoyment.
This article first appeared on Wine Australia
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