Grenache/Garnacha

Grenache/Garnacha

Grenache (Noir) is widely grown and comes in a variety of styles. Believed to originate in Spain, it was, in the late 20th century, the most widely planted black grape variety in the world. Today it hovers around seventh in the pecking order. It tends to produce very fruity, rich wines that can range quite widely in their level of tannin.

In many regions – most famously the Southern Rhône, where it complements Syrah and Mourvèdre, among other grapes – it adds backbone and colour to blends, but some of the most notable Châteauneuf du Pape producers (such as Château Rayas) make 100 percent Grenache wines. The grape is a component in many wines of the Languedoc (where you’ll also find its lighter-coloured forms, Grenache Gris and Blanc) and is responsible for much southern French rosé – taking the lead in most Provence styles.

Found all over Spain as Garnacha Tinta (spelt Garnaxa in Catalonia), the grape variety is increasingly detailed on wine labels there. Along with Tempranillo, it forms the majority of the blend for Rioja’s reds and has been adopted widely in Navarra, where it produces lighter styles of red and rosado (rosé). It can also be found operating under a pseudonym, Cannonau, in Sardinia.

 

Beyond Europe, Grenache is widely planted in California and Australia, largely thanks to its ability to operate in high temperatures and without much water. Particularly in the Barossa Valley, there are some extraordinary dry-farmed bush vines, some of which are centuries old and produce wines of startling intensity.

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2018 Las Uvas de la Ira, Daniel Gómez Jiménez-Landi, Méntrida, Spain
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2018
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2015 Las Iruelas, Daniel Gómez Jiménez-Landi, Castilla y León, Spain
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2015
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2015 Clos I Terrasses, Daphne Glorian, Clos Erasmus, Priorat, Spain
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2015
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2016 Clos I Terrasses, Clos Erasmus, Priorat, Catalunya, Spain
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2013 Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Collection Ch. Giraud, Domaine Saint Préfert
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2013
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2012 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Rouge, Clos des Papes, Paul Avril et Fils
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2012
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2012 Les Amis, Torbreck Barossa Valley, Australia
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2012
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2012 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Rouge, Château de Beaucastel
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2012
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2012 Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Arioso, Rotem and Mounir Saouma
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2012
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2012 Finca Dofi, Alvaro Palacios, Priorat
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2012
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2011 Cuvee Juveniles, Torbreck Vinterns, Barossa Valley
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2011
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2011 Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Domaine Henri Bonneau, Rhône
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2011
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