Grenache is the future. It’s not quite at the ‘so hot right now’ critical mass of cool, but Grenache and Grenache blends are well on their way to becoming a trend. I’m calling it now…
It’s not hard to see why with wines like this 2015 Wirra Wirra Original Blend. A mix of McLaren Vale Grenache and Shiraz, this is bright raspberry red coloured, and smells utterly alive, with juicy Grenache fruit jumping out of the glass, all bright red raspberry, a dash of red lolly and then some very licorice for good measure plus some light sandy tannins.
This is not a profound wine. It’s not firmly structured, nor is it really going to improve in the bottle. But at every turn this is a satisfyingly open, vital, savoury and ‘real’ red , that relies purely on fruit, not oak or tannin additions, to make a statement.
Wirra Wirra have been nailing Grenache lately, and this looks another winner. A well priced and very appealing red that I’d recommend with gusto. Best drinking: 2016-2022. 17.7/20, 92/100. 14.5%, $25. Would I buy it? A six pack of this would be very handy to have around the house.