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Goat Square Barossa Valley Grenache 2016
Region: Barossa Valley, SA
This is the fourth Grenache release the first being the 2008. The Grenache is released every year as the market is much smaller for Shiraz. The grapes though go into other wines, one of the reason our cheaper blends are such excellent value.
Grenache, Mataro and Shiraz are the heritage varieties of the Barossa, and Grenache was widely grown as it vine can be induced to crop heavily and with high sugar content was perfect for making port.
As the fortified market faded old vines were grubbed out because of lack of demand and more importantly the skills to make a thick concentrated red had not evolved and growers were still cropping to highly for table wines.
This changed in the 1980s though really its only since the new century that I have felt comfortable recommending Barossa Valley Grenache. Its appeal will steadily grow and 90% of wineries would now make a version though some settled for the varietal blend know as GMS. Glug stock many pure Grenache wines and blends. I have confidence that this 100% varietal will gather wide support. Great wine and well done Benjamin.