4 must drink wines for International Grenache Day 2018

Today, Friday 21st September, is International Grenache Day! Grenache (or ‘Garnacha’ in Spanish) originates from Spain, has a distinct mediterranean style and is now one of the most widely planted grapes in the WORLD.

Grenache grapes make a bright, vibrant and medium bodied red wine with flavours of cherry, raspberry, earth and warm baking spices like cinnamon and cloves. The wines are light to medium bodied, with soft and silky tannins and a delicious zippy freshness. It’s this lovely bracing acidity that makes grenache one of the most wonderful red wines to match with food, and it particularly goes well with salty foods like pizza, charcuterie and tapas. But it’s also brilliant with lamb cutlets and tomato based dishes, as well as other grilled meats and hearty salads.

Grenache also contributes to wonderful blends and is regularly seen in the company of Shiraz and Mouvèdre (also called ‘Mataro’). It can also be used to produce a lovely, delicate pink rosé wine.

Four fabulous grenache we recommend you try

Artwine 2015 Grumpy Old Man Grenache

  • Where: Clare Valley
  • Why: More elegance than opulence, thanks to the slightly cooler climate

Made from hundred year old vines, it exudes an intoxicating perfume and brims with cherry cola and effortless deliciousness.

Turkey Flat
2017 Grenache

Sitting at the richer and more luxuriant end of the spectrum, with a delicious savouriness. Packs some serious va-va-voom.

Penny’s Hill 2016 The Experiment Grenache

  • Where: McLaren Vale
  • Why:

Vibrancy is the word here. From the colour and aroma to the intensity of flavour. It’s like a bright, primary colours, oil-on-canvas rendition of Grenache.

Oliver’s Taranga 2017

  • Where: McLaren Vale
  • Why:  Made by a 6th generation producer who knows her Grenache

A superb balance of tangy red fruit and funky earthiness, this is just the kind of grenache that explains why it is sometimes (unfairly) referred to as “poor mans’ pinot noir”. Exceedingly delicious.