Grenache is the third most planted grape variety in the world.
Very common in Southern France, it is often blended with other grape varieties such as Syrah (called Shiraz in Australia), Mourvèdre or Cinsault.
Syrah grapes are pretty small and dark with a thick skin. They produce highly colored wines with a medium acidity and tannins that can be moderate to intense. In general, those wines are full-bodied and display dark fruit and chocolate aromas.
Grenache, also called Garnacha in Spain, produces big grapes with a thin skin, lots of sugar and pretty low acidity. Grenache wines don’t usually have a very intense color but are full-bodied. Their typical aromas are red berries, such as strawberries or raspberries, and spices, for example white pepper.
Those two variety are complementary and make miracles together. Adding some Grenache to a Syrah wine balances its acidity, adds red berries aromas and makes it more complex. Adding some Syrah to a Grenache wine makes its color more intense, adds more tannins and more aromas such as dark cherries.
We highly recommend you to try our Côtes du Rhône Domaine des Trois Lys Les Garrigues 2017, a complex and elegant blend of Syrah, Grenache and Carignan from the South of France.
The Team at Le Plonque