Grape Varieties & Winemaking - Black Varieties - Grenache

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Grenache is an important variety in Australia despite it's 1500ha of plantings. Why and where?

It was used in Rhône blend styles with Shiraz and Mataro, but nowadays recognised for it's quality of old bush vines. Especially as single varietal wine in McLaren Vale, Eden Valley and Barossa Valley

Grenache in Australia is made in various styles. What was the traditional style and what is becoming the modern style?

  • Traditional style: low acidity, high alcohol, almost jammy, matured in new oak
  • Modern style: elegant, greater freshness, higher acidity, lower alcohol, fresher red fruit flavours.
  • New oak overwhelms Grenache and more usage now of old oak and/or large barrels for maturation
  • Today enjoying a revival as winemakers recognise its exciting potential
  • Thin skin variety like a 'warm climate pinot'.

What are the key regions in Australia for Grenache?

  • Barossa Valley: medium bodied, warm with cool nights area, GSM blends with old vines Grenache
  • McLaren Vale: full bodied GSMs, fine tannins and length

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