I know we did a blog about this awhile back with our old mate Mr. Shiraz and Mouissuer Syrah. But Shiraz/ Syrah is not the only grape with split personalities. Many a Grape have Clark Kent/Superman personalities, and some are as easy as detectable as Mr. Kent and his alter ego, (well for us viewers at least it’s amazing how taking of your glasses and gelling your hair back makes people think you’re a different person!!).
Another one we did in the last year was Grenache/Garnacha/Garnatxa, the las to being Spanish and Catalonian names for Grenache. Another Rhone variety that the Aussie’s have given a different name to is Mourvedre which they call Matro, so your Grenache, Shiraz, Matro Blend (GSM) is the same as your French Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre.
But a grape with a huge number of alternative personalities is Spain’s Tempranillo, which is known as Tinto Fino in Ribera del Duero, Tinta del Toro in Toro and in Portugal in the North it is Tinta Roriz and in the South it is Aragonez (betraying its spanish origin). And luckily for us it stays Tempranillo when it travelled further afield. These are just a few of the more common grapes but the likes of Carignan has several synonyms eg. Mazuelo. But that’s for another day.