Perhaps best known for its starring role in Chateauneuf-du-Pape
, Grenache (or Garnacha to coin its Spanish name) is one of the most widely planted grapes in the world. It tends to sit in the shadow of its traditional partners Syrah
in the Rhone and Tempranillo
in Spain although its complex, old vine fruit, good acidity and potent alcohol content are responsible for some of the world’s best and longest ageing red wines
You’ll also see it championed by Australian winemakers in Rhone blends or single varietal blockbuster styles and it crops up across Southern France, South Africa
. We’ve mentioned alcohol and acidity and to this we should add tannins - Grenache based wines are nothing if not structured. Add to this intense cherry, blackberry and liquorice flavours and you’ve got yourself a pretty good all-rounder.