McLaren Vale Grenache today

McLaren Vale and the ocean

McLaren Vale is blessed with 455 ha of Grenache, most of it pretty senior. An increasing number of wine producers are taking advantage of this, and making wines much more like red burgundy than Shiraz. See also Grenache and Garnacha redesigned.

It was way back in 2005 that I wrote Grenache ripe for re-evaluation and since then, all over the world, Grenache and in particular its Spanish incarnation Garnacha have been re-evaluated and, in many cases, restyled with the resulting wines much fresher, lighter and more perfumed than in the past. This has happened in particular in parts...