Most Grenache and Grenache Blends come from regions in South Australia and often from old vines. Grenache is thought to have originated in Spain. It is an important and widely planted variety in Southern Rhone. Grenache is a versatile variety and is, with its flavours of berry fruit, cherries, earth and spice, used to make both light and heavy red wines.
Shiraz is the most widely planted grape variety in Australia. It currently represents 40 per cent of the total red grape crush and constitutes one fifth of all wine grape production in Australia. Shiraz underwent a renaissance when the international world began to focus on Oz. Ripe fruit, a fleshy mid-palate, soft tannins and a kick of American oak, became the template for Australian Shiraz.
Mourvedre is Spain’s second most important variety after Grenache. Mourvedre adapts well to a wide range of soils and loves warmer climates.
It produces thick-skinned berries, which provide perfume, inky, gamey, spicy, anise characters and gritty tannins. It is also used to add complexity to the wine.