Viña Zorzal Garnacha, Navarra, Spain 2017 Barossa Valley, and south Australia in general, is proving to be a real hotspot for modern-style lighter grenache – literally, since this is a sun-loving variety that is capable of offering up plump grape bunches in the dustiest, driest heat, all the more so once the vines are older. You can see the effects in another Barossan, Magpie Estate’s The Songlines Grenache, Barossa Valley, Australia 2017 (£10.95, Cheers Wine Merchants), which has an easy, thirst-quenching style. In similar conditions in Europe, meanwhile, Spain’s winemakers have really got to grips with their own stock of old grenache (aka garnacha) vines in the past decade, and the results can be supremely good value, as in the effortlessly lithe juiciness of Zorzal’s unoaked beauty from the northwestern region of Navarra.
By David Williams
Via: The Guardian