Terroir of SA
South Australia is home to some of Australia’s greatest grenache vineyards. Along with the age of the vines, the soil type of the vineyard can have a significant impact on the wines produced.
McLaren Vale is a geologically diverse region, and makers recognise how the terroir affects the character of their grenache. The sands of the slightly elevated Blewitt Springs area produce exceptional age-worthy grenache with impressive aromas, structure, concentration and spice. In central McLaren Vale, on the flat, the soil is heavier and the grenache a little bolder.
Producers to try include Wirra Wirra, which makes a range of flavoursome wines across a spectrum of prices; and Yangarra, which has a range of outstanding grenache wines, from the affordable
Old Vine, $35, up to the premium High Sands Grenache, $140. Bekkers is another top producer crafting expressive, concentrated wines.