Grenache

Grenache also known as Garnache in Spain.The red grape variety in the past was considered to be of too inconsequential quality to have the name printed on the label.The wine were light in colour and body and usually blended with other varieties to be used as bulk material. This attitude has changed. Modern wine making and winemakers have brought...

Grenache also known as Garnache in Spain.The red grape variety in the past was considered to be of too inconsequential quality to have the name printed on the label.The wine were light in colour and body and usually blended with other varieties to be used as bulk material. This attitude has changed. Modern wine making and winemakers have brought about a recent acceptance of wine styles like grenache rose, a light pink, cherry - flavoured wine, and grenache shiraz,mid - red, soft, smooth and juicy wine.

It is fair to say,a three grape blend called grenache shiraz mourvedre(GSM) is also proving popular, though it can be quite tannic when young,and can benefit from some time in a cellar.Grenache is also used as part of the blend of red grapes in tawny ports.It also appears in sparkling reds and cask wines where the style demands a ready to drink fruity flavour.

The flavour compounds in grenache remind one of cherry,strawberry or raspberry. The more full bodied wines take on the timber like characters of oak char and vanilla coconut which are known to marry well with grenache grapes.The regions of Australia where grenache grows at its best are the longer established area such as South Australia Barossa Valley, Fleurieu, McLaren Vale, and Western Australia Greater Perth and the Swan District.

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