Normally we don’t champion any particular grape variety but over the next few we’ll be suggesting a few different grape types and wine styles to try. First up is the Grenache grape, over the last few weeks we’ve had a great response to Grenache-based wines and wines with Grenache in the Blend, like the Camplazens ‘La Garrigue’, and the Glaetzer Wallace Shiraz-Grenache . So we decided to let you know a little more about this wonderful grape. Up until recently it was the most planted red grape variety even though it didn’t appear on labels, it is used quite extensively in Rhone blends and is one of the 13 permitted grape varieties in Chateaunuef-du-Pape. It is quite popular in new world blends particularly in Australia where it is combined with shiraz to produce big spicy robust reds. But grenache as a single varietal produces lovely reds with raspberry, cherry flavours and a hint of white pepper.

Artazurri Grenacha 2006
Grenache or Grenacha as it is known in Spain is an important grape for blending, many well known Riojas are blends of Tempranillo and Grenacha. The Artazuri is a fabulous old vine grenache, deep ruby, purple tinged in colour. Sweet crunchy raspberry and cherry fruit on the nose and repeated on the palate leading to a luscious finish.

Chateau Camplazens Grenache 2006

A great french grenache from Languedoc, in the south of France, where it is found in many blends. The Camplazens is a full, robust flavours of dark plum, cherry and prune which are overlaid with a dusty almost earthy undertones. This wine also has an inviting hint of spice.

Yalumba Bush Vine Grenache 2006

This lovely new world offering is taking from bush vines, that is vines that are grown like small trees as opposed to high trellising. It has an intense aromas of plums cloves and spices. The palate medium bodied and shows sweet berries and dark cherry fruit flavours and a generous touch of spice.