A Swan Valley wine has won the sixth annual James Halliday Grenache Challenge hosted by the McLaren Vale Grape Wine & Tourism Association.
Mandoon Estate Discovery Series Grenache 2021 triumphed against a record 160 entries from around Australia.
“The rise and rise of Australian Grenache can be witnessed by another year of record entries for the 2022 James Halliday Grenache Challenge,” says Andrew Thomas, chair of judges at the McLaren Vale Wine Show.
“Wines from South Australia dominated the entries and the also the gold medals awarded, however it was a wine from the Swan Valley that got the nod from the judges as the most outstanding wine of the competition.
“The entries showcased a range of diverse styles with the most compelling wines demonstrating the continued evolution of the style, showing bright florals and red fruit aromatics combined with a deliciously savoury texture and bright acidity.
“It is clear that the 2021 vintage was particularly well suited to this more contemporary style with the majority of the top wines hailing from this vintage.”
Mr Thomas praised the Mandoon Estate 2021 Discovery Series Grenache.
“It displays a compelling vitality, intensity and concentration all within a light to medium weight frame, finishing with a bright acidity and impeccable fine chalky tannins,” he says.
“Special mention must also go to the two runners-up wines, Peter Lehmann Wines 2021 The Barossan Grenache and Serafino 2021 Reserve Grenache from McLaren Vale.”