McLaren Vale emerged victorious at the inaugural Grenache Cup after much glass twirling, sniffing and tasting at The Edinburgh Cellars on Saturday September 24.
Held in celebration of International Grenache Day (September 23), The Grenache Cup was established to give fans of the charismatic grape the opportunity to have their say in the ongoing regional battle. Barossa and McLaren Vale were represented by six wineries each, giving imbibers the chance to taste a variety of blends and single varietals before they judged masked wines and cast a vote.
Voters were asked to rank their top three wines with three points awarded to the first preference, two to the second and a single point to the third favourite. McLaren Vale took home the spoils by a clear margin led by d’Arenberg’s The Cadenzia GSM 2009 in first place and DogRidge’s Cadenzia Grenache 2009 in third. The Teusner Righteous Grenache 2009 led the charge for the Barossa brigade, taking out second place.
There was much conjecture over the masked wines and it can be revealed that they were as follows:
A – Teusner Righteous Grenache 2009
B- Hewitson Miss Harry 2010
C- Torbreck Les Amis 2009
D- Charles Melton Nine Popes 2009
E- DogRidge Cadenzia 2009
F- Yangarra Cadenzia 2010
G- d’Arenberg Cadenzia GSM 2009
H- Turkey Flat Grenache 2009
I- Maximus Grenache 2009
J- Samuel’s Gorge Grenache 2006
K- Yalumba Single Site Vine Vale Grenache 2006
L- Oliver’s Taranga Grenache 2009
James March from Wine Barossa was pleased with the day despite the result.
“It was great to see so many people enjoying this great grape variety,” he said. “A big thank you to The Edinburgh Cellars for hosting and promoting the day.
“We look forward to coming back next year and challenging for the trophy. We’ll be sure to keep a closer eye on the voting process in 2012.”