This is a first class expression of a GSM blend from Chateau Yaldara and the Barossa Valley. It has aromas of strawberry, chocolate, pepper and new barrels. The palate is full bodied and rich with medium tannins and long length on the finish. Approachable now and drink over the next decade. Rating: Very Good to Outstanding, Website: https://www.1847wines.com; wine-searcher.com . Source: sample. Reviewed: August 2020.
Sablet is one of the Côtes du Rhône Villages appellations in the southern Rhône Valley in France. This wine from Domaine de la Roubine is a blend of 70% grenache, 25% syrah and 5% cinsault. It has aromas of stalk, rosemary and a green bouquet garnis character. The palate is full bodied, with medium tannins and rich expression, together with high alcohol (15%) and no edges. Ready to drink now. Rating: Good. Website: http://domainelaroubine.com/en/ledomaine.html. Reviewed: June 2020.
Rockford’s dry country grenache from the 2016 vintage and the Barossa is a small quantity wine that does not appear to be generally available. It was purchased directly from the producer. I don’t have much further information about it, but if you do, please chime in. I am not much of a grenache drinker and tend to gravitate towards the more savoury and humble unoaked Côtes du Rhône versions, than the richer styles from Châteauneuf du Pape, Spain and McLaren Vale. But I really enjoyed this wine. It is full bodied with flavours of cherry, light tannins and medium length on the finish. A balanced wine that is ready to drink now. Rating: Good to Very Good. Website: https://www.rockfordwines.com.au. Reviewed: June 2020.
This wine is a blend of grenache, shiraz and mourvèdre (mataro) from Rusty Mutt in McLaren Vale. It opens to aromas of red berries. The palate is full bodied and consistent with the McLaren Vale GSM style where the tannins are a little firmer and more structured than expected for a grenache blend, but always with no edges. Ready to drink now, this is an enjoyable wine. Rating: Good. Abv: NR. Price: $25. Website: http://rustymutt.com.au. Reviewed: May 2020.
This is a heady Côtes du Rhône Villages wine. It opens to spicy and peppery aromatics. The palate is full bodied and the length on the finish medium. Spices, rosemary and some raisined, but savoury, fruit emerges with time. Ready to drink now. Rating: Good. Abv: 14.0. Price: $20. Website: http://tardieu-laurent.fr/en/la-maison-2/. Reviewed: May 2020.
From the Languedoc in the south of France, this is a delicious wine that enormously over delivers at $21. It appeals as a crossover style with new world style ripe fruit built on a savoury old world structure. The wine opens to aromas of cracked pepper, rich spicy dark fruit and coconut. The palate is full bodied, has soft tannins and a savoury lilt. Ready to drink now, this is a great value wine. Rating: Good to Very Good. Abv: 14.5. Price: $21. Website: http://www.paulmas.com/en/domains/chateau-paul-mas/. Source: Sample. Reviewed: April 2020.
From Minervois in the south of France, Les Traverses from Domaine de Courbissac is a grenache, syrah and mourvèdre blend. It has sweet smelling aromas of spice and cooked fruit compot. The palate is full bodied with medium acidity and soft tannins. Rating: Good. Abv: 13.0. Price: $35. Website: NA. Reviewed: April 2020.
Rosé is just right for these hot summer days. Here’s another one, this time a blend of garnacha (aka grenache) (70%) and viura (a white wine grape commonly known as macabeo outside of Rioja) (30%). This rosé is an easy to appreciate with a full bodied and dry expression of strawberries, some refreshing acidity and no oak. An on trend salmon pink in colour. Ready to drink now. Rating: Acceptable to Good. Abv: 12.5%. Price: $16. Website: https://valdemar.es/en. Reviewed: December 2019.
The label is certainly bright, but the wine in the glass is good and it’s smart to keep French labels simple. A Vin de France, this grenache presents as fresh and enjoyable. It has aromas of redcurrants and strawberries. The palate is spicey, with a pleasant balance and length on the finish. Ready to drink now, the wine presents as both varietal and typical of the southern French grenache style. Rating: Good. Abv: 14%. Price: $23. Website: bws.com.au. Source: Sample.