Grenache Is The Brightest Star

Grenache. The third most planted variety in France and one of the original vines brought to Australia by James Busby in his 1832 collection, is back stronger than ever. Gone are the days of sweet, lolly-like Grenache and today we see great ethereal, structured wines which will remind you more of Burgundy than Barossa. Obviously, it would be unfair not to include a fuller Barossan, but gone are the days of big, jammy Grenache. Here at PWS Sydney we have been very impressed and excited about the Grenache wines we have looked at lately. There’s quality in abundance and I would be hard pushed to find a wine I haven’t enjoyed. For this Saturday’s tasting, I have chosen some of my favourites.

First up, we will look at a great Grenache Blanc dominant white from Domaine Gayda in the Southern France followed by a luscious Rose from McLaren Vale newcomer, Sew & Sew. From South Australia, I have chosen wines from Adelina in the Clare and the brilliant new releases from Superstars, Yangarra, Izway and Head Wines. It wouldn’t be a Grenache tasting without showing a Spanish Garnacha, which is believed to be the origin of the variety. One of the most thrilling wines I have tried lately was the Comando G (yes, named after the 80’s cartoon) ' La Bruja de Rozas' 2015. We are also opening two of our perennial favourites from France, the Le Temps et Venu from Stephane Ogier and the Domaine de la Roubine Gigondas 2015.

Finally, I am very happy to welcome back our very good friend, Jamie McCall from Rum and Cue BBQ who will be serving up some very special, slow-smoked goodness.