I have always loved making and drinking Grenache. It’s been fantastic to see the popularity of the variety return, and some great medals and wine show awards have gone to Grenache of late. It is a very approachable drink and is suited to many styles of cuisine. The variety is honest, rustic and incredibly interesting. The style I like to make is quite fruit driven, not overripe, but full of the savoury, earthy tones that old vine bush vines can achieve. My grenache is dry grown and planted in sandy soils in the Vine Vale region of Barossa Valley.
My home now is Watervale which is known in the Clare Valley as “The home of Riesling”. I have been making Clare Valley Riesling for 15 years and I love the purity and intensity of the variety. It is an unforgiving grape and can be easily mishandled and show faults, but when you get everything right in the vineyard and carefully look after it in the winery it shows incredible power and flavour and expresses?? the regionality of the variety better than any other grape. The delicious citrus and lemon butter flavours with balancing minerality makes for a versatile food wine or a delicious aperitif.