Like Cabernet Franc, Grenache is widely known as a grape varietal blended with other wines in order to achieve a superior overall product. At one time the second most planted grape in the world, it remains one of the most prolific – in Spain, where it is known as Garnacha, it was for a long time the country’s most common red wine grape. However, when you buy Grenache wine online today, it may be as a fine single varietal wine, or perhaps as the base for another fine blend.
Grenache requires a hot, dry climate – explaining its overwhelming presence in Spain as well as southern France, here in Australia and in inland California’s San Joaquin Valley. It was, in fact, Australia’s most planted red wine grape variety until the Shiraz usurped it. A lighter, translucent colour belies its higher alcohol content, which gives a medium body to its distinctive fruit candy and cinnamon taste.
This body and alcohol content combined with a lack of harsh tannins has seen Grenache widely used to add body and sweetness to other wines, as well as forming a base for fortified and port-style wines. Now, however, you can easily buy fine Grenache-based wines online which feature red fruit flavours and subtle spice note, with more aged wines taking on subtle leather and tar flavours. The finest of these are highly coveted – premium Châteauneuf-du-Pape wines fetch over $500, while California’s top Grenache can command similar prices.
At Annandale Cellars, we offer bothaffordableand opulent Grenache options, as well as everything in between. Call us on +61 (0)409819436 or send us an email firstname.lastname@example.org so our friendly, passionate staff can tell you more about buying fine Grenache wine online.