When Argentina’s Alejandro Bulgheroni came to Australia and purchased a significant Barossa vineyard in 2015, it wasn’t the Shiraz that grabbed his attention. The flagship wine for his Alkina Wine Estate is Grenache.
Grenache is in high demand among leading winemakers in Australia, especially from bush vines dotted through McLaren Vale and the Barossa. These create a spectrum of wines: from intense, concentrated beasts designed for decades of cellaring, to slender, nuanced reds akin to Pinot Noir as well as intriguingly spicy styles designed to drink fresh.
The Barossa and McLaren Vale Grenache revolution has been a long time coming – the oldest vines producing fruit are 174 years old – but excitement is now leaping out of the glass.