Ter­roir of SA

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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.

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