Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Grenache - Grapes and Wines from Australia

Grenache growing conditions and regions
Grenache is one of the most widely grown red grape variety in the world.
Ripening of Grenache grape takes time and hot and dry weather conditions like that found in Spain are favorable for its growth.  Some of the places where it is grown are California’s San Joaquin Valley, south of Australia, Sardinia in Italy.

Grenache Color
Grenache is oxidized easily when it meets air and develops a brown color which can be observed around the rim by tilting the glass at an angle.

Grenache Blends
Wine made from this grape is seen being blended with other varieties such as Tempranillo, Syrah, and Carignan among others.

Grenache in Australia
James Busby planted a clone from Perpignan, France in 1832. But it was Dr. Christopher Rawson Penfold who began growing them in South Australia in 1844 which brought with it remarkable results and its plantations was spread across Barossa Valley, McLaren Vale, and Clare Valley. Among the grape varieties, Grenache had the largest share of the area in Australia prior to 1950s. But later, the focus of Australian winemakers shifted to premium wines and with that first Shiraz and then Cabernet Sauvignon began appearing in Australian Vineyards along with Grenache.

But in the 1990s and 2000s, a fresh interest was developed in Grenache with the introduction of GSM – a wine blend of Grenache, Syrah, and Mouvedre.

Grenache Flavors
The most common notes found in Grenache are of berry fruit such as strawberries and raspberries. McLaren Vale Grenache is known for its spicy notes and richness whereas Grenache of Barossa Valley is fruity with intense flavors.

Common Names

It is known by Garnacha and Garnatxa in Spain, Cannonau in Italy and Grenache Noir in some regions. 

Popular Grenaches wines online stores of Australia are Danmurphys, Just Wines, Nakedwines and some others. 

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