The new season rosés are hitting the shelves with pale, dry, textural styles capturing the attention of wine lovers.
If you find yourself in Adelaide, a side trip to the McLaren Vale region is a must.
Here are some of the 30 grenaches and grenache blends I have recently reviewed. You’d be mad to miss them!
There’s a belief that wines which have never had sulfur dioxide added to them will not age.
Yangarra Estate is an interesting blend of influences. They make some quite conventional wines as well as more risqué, cutting-edge styles such as skin-contacted whites and stalk-inclusion reds, and increasingly ferment in ceramic eggs. After sitting down to chat with chief winemaker Peter Fraser last week, things became clearer. Eighty percent of their sales are on-premise (restaurants and bars), and restaurant wine buyers love these avant-garde kinds of wines. They also trade on their food-friendliness.
For those seeking a bit of variety in their white-wine diet, I’ve posted reviews of a feast of alternative dry whites this month – some Italian and some local.
If you’re wondering what wine to serve with dinner this Friday, I’d suggest something containing grenache. That’s because Friday is International Grenache Day. Why dedicate a day to commemorating a grape variety, you might ask? It’s to remind wine drinkers that grenache exists, really, as
Yangarra Estate Vineyard GSM Grenache Shiraz Mourvedre, McLaren Vale 2011 $28 Yangarra Estate is in the Blewitt Springs locality of McLaren Vale where the Rhone Valley grape varieties thrive on the poor, sandy soils. The big gun is a magnificent pure grenache called High Sands, but it’s $110 a
Friday is International Grenache Day, the annual day set aside for enjoying the Southern Rhone Valley varietal which is the most widely-planted red grape in the world but rarely gets the credit it deserves because it’s so often blended with other grapes. Grenache is the
McLaren Vale is alive with a new surge of vitality. It may not be the newest or sexiest wine region in the country, but it has a new lease of life and is making superb wine.