Exceptional 2018 First The 2008
Goat Square Barossa Valley Grenache 2018
Region: Barossa Valley, SA
This is the fifth Grenache release the first being the 2008. The Grenache is not released every year as the popularity is much smaller than for Shiraz. The winemakers skipped the 2017 as conditions were unfavourable for Goat standard of Grenache. The grapes of such are vintage go into other wines, one of the reasons our cheaper blends are such excellent value.
Grenache, Mataro and Shiraz are the heritage varieties of the Barossa, and Grenache was widely grown as the heavy crop and high sugar content was perfect for making port. As the fortified market faded from the 1950s old vines were grubbed out because of lack of demand. As well the skills to make a rich, concentrated red had not evolved and growers were still cropping to highly for table wines.
This changed in the 1980s though only since 2000 have I felt comfortable recommending Barossa Valley Grenache. Its appeal will steadily grow and 90% of wineries now make a version though some settled for the varietal blend know as GMS. Glug stocks many pure Grenache wines and blends.