It seems like most of Oz has fallen in love with Grenache over the last 5 years or so and we are delighted! To celebrate, here is 12 amazing Grenache and blends we hope (and are quietly confident) you'll love.
Heirloom Vineyards Anevo Fortress Grenache Touriga Tempranillo 2018 - Selected from Heirloom’s best McLaren Vale vineyards. We saw musk, plum skin, spice, cherries, earthiness, Earl Grey tea, blackberry and black pepper. A sense enveloping and incredibly beguiling wine finished with a dusting of fine powdery tannins. Magical.
Heirloom Vineyards Alcala Grenache 2019 - Again, from Heirloom's best McLaren Vale Grenache vineyard. There's blackberries, spice, plums, cherry, earthiness and spice. A delicious, complete, complex yet playful Grenache and clearly one of Australia’s best.
Tim Smith Wines Bugalugs Barossa Grenache 2019 - An old vine Barossa Grenache which is fresh and brimming with crunchy red fruit vivacity, blueberries, strawberries, fennel and ephemeral spice. Refreshing, complex and lovely.
Curtis Limited Series McLaren Vale Grenache 2016 - Superbly fine boned and taut yet generously fruited McLaren Vale Grenache. Definitely give it a rip in a decanter before you get into it. There’s a lot of blue fruit here, along with spice and a hint of confection and exceptional length. This is properly classy kit which we reckon will improve with cellaring for 10-15 years, such is its structure and power of fruit.
Colab and Bloom McLaren Vale Grenache 2018 - We looked at over 50 wines in a marathon sitting of the tasting panel and this was wine of the day. This is medium bodied with lifted and perfumed red fruits and is perfectly balanced. The fruit is intense but in no way dense, primarily in red fruit territory bleeding into blue. A stunning Grenache.
Richard Hamilton Burton’s Vineyard Old Bush Vines Grenache 2019 - From old bush vines planted in 1947. Dry grown, hand pruned and picked, these vines produce exceptionally concentrated fruit. White pepper, kirsch and cherries in a medium bodied yet muscular and fruit intense setting. Plenty of fine tannins to finish. Drink now or cellar for 5-8 years.
Chateau Yaldara Reserve Grenache Shiraz Mataro 2015 - Lots of red and blue fruit purity here. There’s blue and confectionary from the Grenache, along with brooding darkness and grunt from the Mataro. Smoke, olive and spice to boot and a fresh finely tannic finish.
Richard Hamilton Marion Vineyard Grenache 2019 - A new release from Richard Hamilton Wines who are all guns blazing for Grenache, having three wines now which are 100% Grenache or Grenache dominant. This one is young and lovely, with notes of tarragon, fennel and a brooding ferrous-ness which, as it breathes and opens, reveals plenty of delicious cherries. It is light to midweight with plenty of acidity. Lip smacking drinking over the next 5 years.
Bleasdale Grenache 2019 - Bleasdale have grown Grenache for decades, primarily for use in fortifieds and blends. Their first straight Grenache is exceptional with an expressive raspberry and cherry perfume, seasoned with five spice and cardamon. It’s medium bodied and absolutely delicious.
Alpha Crucis Titan Grenache Tempranillo 2017 - A stunningly juicy yet refined blend of Grenache and Tempranillo. Beautiful red fruit and floral aromas lead you, siren-like, to a palate drowning in bright fruit and supple tannins. Light to medium bodied but complex.
Heirloom King’s Garden Shiraz Grenache Mourvèdre 2016 - A powerful and savoury beast offering up plums, mulberry, earth, meats, spice, chocolate and pepper. It combines a brilliant structure with fruit generosity effortlessly, making it a pleasure to drink now and a certainty for improvement with cellaring.
Willunga 100 Grenache 2016 - Raspberries, spice and a waft of cherry and pepper here. The wine is medium-bodied and absolutely lip-smacking with plenty of red fruits and savoury bits too. Acid lifts the fruit and pulls it forward, counterbalancing the fruit sweetness beautifully.