In 2018, Artisans of the Barossa released their first Grenache Project 6 Packs (from the 2017 vintage). All of the fruit was picked on the same day from the same vineyard, with six winemakers, including former Penfold's Grange maker John Duval, then producing the wines which earned the following reviews from Huon Hooke and James Halliday:
“Grenache is the grape of the moment, at least in the warmer regions of South Australia... The Artisans of Barossa Grenache Project is in many ways the culmination of this obsession. The wines sold out long ago, but the six winemakers who share the Artisans of Barossa cellar door released six 2017 grenaches which demonstrate just how strongly the winemaker’s thumbprint can trump terroir, at least while wine is very young... Each treatment yielded a wine that is different from every other wine. All are interesting, several sublime.” - Huon Hooke, TheRealReview.com, April 2018.
“Artisans of Barossa are a bunch of like-minded souls from six wineries who share a goal to 'promote small batch, sub-regional winemaking'. They collaborated last year on Grenache Project 2017... And let me tell you, they made six glorious Grenache." - James Halliday, Weekend Australian Magazine.
We are so excited with the resurgence of Grenache and blends and the multiplicity of styles emerging which are sensitive to the variety’s inherent character. These wines, whilst often high in alcohol, have good acidity, show judicious use of oak, or are clothed in none at all (hey, Emperor, nice threads) and generally have very fine tannins. These are indeed worthy of your consideration.
There are so many awesome Grenache to look out for, here are a few of our top picks:
- Cirillo – old vines dating back to 1848
- Tim Smith
- Heirloom: The Alcala and Anevo Fortress are magical
- Hamilton: The Burtons and Marion are both superb
- Curtis Limited
- Purple Hands
- Willunga 100
- Turkey Flat
- St Johns Road
- S.C. Pannell
- Colab and Bloom