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Grenache is one of the most widely planted red wine grape varieties in the world. It ripens late, so it needs hot, dry conditions such as those found in Spain, where the grape most likely originated. It is also grown in the Italian isle of Sardinia, the south of France, Australia, and California's San Joaquin Valley. It is generally spicy, berry-flavored and soft on the palate and produces wine with a relatively high alcohol content, but it needs careful control of yields for best results. Characteristic flavor profiles on Grenache include red fruit flavors (raspberry and strawberry) with a subtle, white pepper spice note. Grenache wines are highly prone to oxidation with even young examples having the potential to show browning (or "bricking") coloration that can be noticed around the rim when evaluating the wine at an angle in the glass. As Grenache ages the wines tend to take on more leather and tar flavors.
Wines made from Grenache tend to lack acid, tannin and color, and it is often blended with other varieties such as Syrah, Carignan, Tempranillo and Cinsaut. In Spain, there are monovarietal wines made of Garnacha tinta (red Grenache), notably in the southern Aragon wine regions of Calatayud, Carinena and Campo de Borja, but it is also used in blends, as in some Rioja wines with tempranillo. Grenache is the dominant variety in most Southern Rhône wines, especially in Châteauneuf-du-Pape where it is typically over 80% of the blend. In Australia it is typically blended in "GSM" blends with Syrah (commonly known as Shiraz in that country) and Mourvèdre with old vine examples in McLaren Vale. In Italy, the Sardinian D.O.C. wine Cannonau di Sardegna is by law 99% local Grenache (Cannonau).
Grenache is also used to make rosé wines in France and Spain, notably those of the Tavel district in the Côtes du Rhône and those of the Navarra region. And the high sugar levels of Grenache have led to extensive use in fortified wines, including the red vins doux naturels of Roussillon such as Banyuls, and as the basis of most Australian fortified wine.
The Guesser Red is a biodynamic organically grown blend of Shiraz, Grenache, & Cabernet Sauvignon that offers fantastic value drinking.
Bright red berry fruits aromas with a touch of spice, mocha and plum.
Soft and juicy, showing generous fruit with a luscious finish.
An easy drinking McLaren Vale red that is ideal for a range of occasions.
From the exceptional 2017 vintage, this rosé is a blend of Shiraz & Grenache that results in a very pretty salmon colour remineiscent of classic Provence rosés.
Showing an exceptionally delicate bouquet of rose petals, guava & Turkish delight with comlex bright fruit flavours, includiing Turkish Delight, strawberry daiquiri, watermelon, guava & grapefruit. An elegant finish, balanced with fruit sweetness & subtle minerality
This delicious McLaren Vale rosé is from one of Australia's most respected wine growers - David Paxton. An organic wine produced on Biodynamic principles without the use of synthetic fertilisers & pesticides with a focus on promoting healthy, living soils.
Clean and bright. Cherry red color with a youthful violet rim. It is fresh, fruity and intense, with jovial tannin. It is easy to drink.
Tones of Crianza with maroon hues and good legs. In the nose, it is intensively aromatic and very pleasant with well-integrated wood. Fresh entry with a balanced acidity.
GOLD Medal - Concours General Agricole 2016
If you like the top wines from Chateauneuf du Pape, then you will love this wine - and at a fraction of the price.
The "black diamonds" Cuvee 1437 selection from Ch. de Pouzols is a blend of Syrah, Grenache and Mouvedre.
Beginning in the early 1990's some of the most dramatic improvement in French wines came from the Languedic region in southern France.
In particular the Minervois sub-region stands out at the pinnacle of this improvement. This Ch. de Pouzols 2014 proves it.
In the heart of Southern France's Rhone Valley, about ten minutes from Chateauneuf du Pape, between Avignon and Orange, lies Chateau Gigognan, a vineyard whose winemaking tradition has roots that can be traced back deep into the history of the region. In 1987 Anne and Jacques Callet became the new owners of the Clos du Roi domain. Inspired by a passion for the history of the property, in 1990 they began a complete renovation of the Chateau in the traditional provencale country-house style, to return it to its former aristocratic glory. In 1996 work began on a new better-equipped cellar. An organically-farmed vineyard: having made the decision to convert their thirty hectares of Chateauneuf du Pape and forty-two hectares of Cotes du Rhone to organic-farming, the vineyard was awarded ECOCERT certification in 2009.
Clos de Roi Chateauneuf du Pape Blanc: 45% Roussanne, 35 % Clairette, 10% Bourboulenc & 10% Marsanne.
A blend of 85% Syrah & 15% Grenache grown on limestone & alluvial soils. vinification happens in a mix of concrete & conical oak foudre & is aged for 12 months in 30% new oak & the rest in two & three years barrels. Produced using organic principles, it is fermented with Natural Yeasts, bottled unfined & unfiltered. and is suitable for vegetarians and vegans. A nose of ripe black fruits (blackcurrants, elderberries) with aromatic spicy characteristics of pepper & herbs. Firm yet silky tannins on the palate.
93pts - Jeremy Oliver
"Deeply flavoured, savoury & finely balanced blend of Rhône varieties, with a rather closed and introverted meaty aroma of dark plums & exotic spices. Bursting with fruit, its searingly intense palate of concentrated small berry & dark plum flavours finishes long and savoury, with integrated nuances of vanilla oak & fine tannins."- Jeremy Oliver