Brilliant Expression of Grenache
Trennert McLaren Vale Grenache Shiraz 2013
Region: McLaren Vale
Can we at last look to the heavens and say the Grenache awakening is underway. The table wine boom began in the 1950s and reached critical mass in the 1970s and to pour a glass of wine today is a natural part of life. We love shiraz and cabernet, chardonnay and sauvignon blanc and have an acquaintance with a few others.
Left behind were two of the most fascinating varieties, grenache and mataro. The crowd rushed on but at last a few experienced drinkers have turned back to see what was left behind.
Grenache no doubt dates back to the 1830s and was much liked in the days of making fortified wines as it gives heavy crops with high sugar. Smart wine makers have been playing with the rich heritage of old vines left over from this time and at last the winemaking artistry has clicked with the vines awaiting discovery. The model is the famous wines of the , , and those now made in McLaren Vale and the Barossa, equal or surpass these wines.
On the 19th September, McLaren Vale is having a Grenache day and this led to the great wine man James Halliday saying: 'It so happens that Australia's greatest grenache is grown and made in McLaren Vale,' News Corp 31st August. Nicholas Bourke and Ben made this beautiful blend and it will be as good as anything on display down at the McLaren Vale Grenache festival. To those who have yet to discover the delights of this remarkable variety why not buy a few bottles.