Real Rose From Grenache
Trennert McLaren Vale Grenache Rose 2016
Region: McLaren Vale
McLaren Vale is now making a claim as the best region in Australia for Grenache. They may well be right though these claims highlight that several South Australian regions over the last decade have indeed mastered the art of making fabulous and complex reds from Grenache.
The raw material goes back a long way as 100 year old vines exist in McLaren Vale and the Barossa Valley though the dry reds always seemed to be made as an after-thought and lacked depth of flavour and complexity.
The best in the 1960s and 1970s were those made into rosés but were marred of course by high sugar content as the market was the drinker who enjoyed sweeter wines. Now with a much firmer vision not only are great dry reds on the market but winemakers like Benjamin Parker are approaching Grenache as the natural variety to make the traditional pale coloured, very dry, rose style of Europe and particularly Southern France. When it's right as this Trennert is they are very great styles.