Grown across the south of France, Spain and increasingly in the New World, Grenache thrives in warm conditions to provide black cherry flavours, with mineral and boiled sweets character.
The alcohol levels must be high (above 12.5%) in order to extract the ripe flavours from the grape, resulting in great powerful wines, which have soft tannins and mature early. Old bush vine Grenache from the southern Rhône and South Australia can have an extra dimension and incredible intensity of flavour.
When blended with Syrah, the result is a compelling rounded spicy wine that has better tannins and added complexity. It is used to soften and add weight when blended with Tempranillo in Rioja. It is also a variety that can yield rosé wines with full flavour and relatively high alcohol levels.