- Embraced by the warmest, driest wine regions of the world, South Australia has become known for its success with single-varietal grenache. These wineries hailing from McLaren Vale and the Barossa Valley are doing this rich, aromatic red justice.
2017 S.C. Pannell Old McDonald McLaren Vale Grenache
2018 Purple Hands Wine Old Vine Barossa Valley Grenache
2018 DOWIE DOOLE B.F.G. McLaren Vale Grenache
The Old McDonald Grenache is surprisingly light-bodied, though maintains the succulent, juicy and elegant flavours traditional of the variety. Winemaker Stephen Pannell describes the palate as “vivacious and persistent, with integrated, varietal gritty tannins, providing a balanced finish and a synergy with food”.
RRP $70 | 2039 | S.C. Pannell
This bright, vibrant red wine is best enjoyed with foods of a similar hue – winemaker Craig Stansborough recommends it with a bowl of rich tomato-based pasta. Complex aromas of earth, spice and bergamot make the Old Vine Barossa Valley Grenache a versatile food wine; the palate delivers the varietal red fruits, while balanced tannins make for added texture.
RRP $30 | 2025 | Purple Hands Wines
DOWIE DOOLE winemaker Chris Thomas describes the B.F.G. Grenache as aptly named – big and bold with a bouquet of red berries, but refined, subtle and friendly with hints of lavender and clove. The wine’s elegant aromatics follow through with that intrinsic grenache vibrancy. Pair with a charcuterie board or some Peking duck.
RRP $30 | 2030 | DOWIE DOOLE
*This article was produced by Halliday Wine Companion in partnership with the featured wineries.