Wine Lists

South Australian grenache to try

By Halliday Promotion

1 Oct, 2019

One of the world’s oldest and most-planted varieties, the grenache grape is no longer just a blending component. A good, single-variety grenache is medium-bodied with balanced tannins and plush with berries – these come highly recommended.

    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.
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  • 2017 S.C. Pannell Old McDonald 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


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  • 2018 Purple Hands Wine Old Vine Barossa Valley Grenache


  • 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


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  • 2018 DOWIE DOOLE B.F.G. McLaren Vale Grenache 


  • 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.