Grenache / Garnacha

Grenache is a black grape variety that is the second most widely planted grape - only losing out to Airen, it is widely planted in France and Spain. In France it serves as a component in some Northern Rhône blends and a substantial amount of Southern Rhone blends. But most notably it forms part of the blend in the red wines of Chateauneuf du Pape, Cotes du Rhône and Gigondas.

In Spain it is referred to as Garnacha Tinta, where it is commonly blended with Tempranillo. In Priorat it is blended with Cabernet Sauvignon to produce outstanding wines full of complexity and depth.

In the Languedoc it is crucial for many blends most notably for Rosé wines .In Australia superb examples can be found in the Barossa Valley, produced using old-vines. In Sardinia it is known as Cannonau and also plays a fundamental role as a blending component for reds. In California growers are successfully producing Grenache through cultivating cuttings imported straight from the Rhône.

Style-wise, Grenache will produce fruit driven wines, which can be robust and expressive, they typically oxidise rapidly.

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