Australian Grenache - The history, evolution and revolution

Grenache is one of the worlds most planted grape varieties. It is an early budding late ripening variety so is well suited to warmer zones and as such was one of the original varieties that thrived in the Australian climate. As a result here are many vineyard sites, especially in McLaren Vale and Barossa Valley that have vines dating back to the late 1800’s. In the early years it was often relegated to fortified wine production and basic blends but in recent years growers have recognized the beauty of the ripe, spicy, cherry and raspberry scented character that single varietal Grenache can yield. It also forms the backbone of the classic red blends partnering beautifully with Shiraz and Mourvedre. Australian Grenache is also used in the production of Rose and is still the go to variety for fortified wine production.

I think the beauty of the single varietal wines, those with balance and poise, is their food friendliness. The savoury nature makes it a fantastic food pairing wine.

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