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Spring Grenache Carnival 2014 is Underway
Sunday, 19th October, 2014  - David Farmer

The second Glug Grenache Carnival is underway. One of Glug's many aims is to popularise grenache which has been a forgotten variety for far too long. While it is true you have been able to buy grenache in blends with shiraz and mataro for a few decades, commonly abbreviated as GSMs, it has seldom been offered as a singular varietal and only in the last decade have the adventurous begun to regularly master its charms.

With the image changing many small Barossa and McLaren Vale companies now have grenache as a standard part of their portfolios while a few, like D'Arenberg, are strong enthusiasts,.

We have been steadily building our portfolio and this was first displayed in the Spring Grenache Carnival of 2013. On the 13th October, 2014, I was able to line up 20 wines of which 8 were single varietals. They covered the vintages 2014, 2013, 2012, and 2008. The notable change from 2013 is the addition of many wines from McLaren Vale and they display subtle shifts in the aromas and tastes when compared to the Barossa.

I will offer these over the next four weeks. There are also two roses made from grenache and cinsault which are wonderful.

Of particular interest is the first release of a The Perfect Press McLaren Vale Grenache 2014. Like many others I have thought Australia lacks, for want of a better term, a 'luncheon red'. I once imported a vast array of French Beaujolais, made of course from gamay, and have been wondering ever since how we could make something similar which is, juicy, fresh and inviting.

The Perfect Press is a gift from Nicholas Bourke of McLaren Vale for this Spring Grenache Carnival 2014. Nicholas turned to a variety which blossoms in McLaren Vale, Grenache, though he has added his own secret combinations partly involving white wine. The wine is lively and fresh, reveals succulent delicious fruit, is complex and provides that elusive quality to get right, drinkability.

He has exceeded my expectations.

Please enjoy the second of our Spring Grenache Carnival promotions which also coincides with the racing reason. Alice Normal returns for the second year to lead us through the wonderful world of hats. Alice sees a strong link between the complex flavours of Grenache and the world of hats through the ages.

I nominate the following wines as being of special interest:

1. The Spring Grenache Carnival Best Value is the
Crayford Barossa Valley 2012.

2. The Spring Grenache Carnival Best Wine is the
Bengalee Barossa Valley 2012.

3. The Spring Grenache Carnival Best New Release is
The Perfect Press McLaren Vale 2014.

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