Love me, love my Grenache

Grenache is used to great effect by many Lebanese producers, including as Massaya in the Bekaa Valley and Coteaux de Botrys in Batroun. But, it still deserves more respect.

Grenache is used to great effect by many Lebanese producers, including as Massaya in the Bekaa Valley and Coteaux de Botrys in Batroun. But, it still deserves more respect.

“Aussie old vine Grenache, particularly from McLaren Vale, has few competitor regions outside France and Spain.”

“People are not picking Grenache as ripe as they used to and they are using less new oak, or taking it out of oak earlier to capture the brightness.”

These quotes were from a recent article on Australian Grenache in The Drink’s Business sent to me by Joe Abboud in Oz.

Here’s the article in full http://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2013/01/aussie-wine-trends-5-grenache-reappraisal/

Grenache is used to great effect by many Lebanese producers, including as Massaya in the Bekaa Valley and Coteaux de Botrys in Batroun.

Grenache (or Garnacha in Spain) is  solid, if unspectacular, red grape of Spanish origin that is also planted extensively in Southern France, Corsica and Sardinia. It is also widely used by Lebanese producers, who will tell you that if harvested at low yields and planted in good terroir, it can give good wines. However, on the whole results have not been spectacular, as, despite giving a generous 15% alcohol, it is often characterised by low acidity.

Bottom line, Lebanese Grenache ain’t feeling as much love as it should!

As yet there is is no varietal wine, but Botrys does make a Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre (Mataro) blend, know popularly in the Australian market as GSM (not the phone network).

GSM (the wine, not the mobile phone network)

GSM (the wine, not the mobile phone network)

 

Food for thought. In the meantime have a good weekend

 

 

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    Hani Bathish said,

    Dear Michael,
    Your blog is such an education, as someone eager to learn more about wine I find it deeply imformative, thank you for sharing and thanks for all your help with contacts and pointing me in the right direction.
    Regards
    Hani Bathish


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