Blog 103: Cadenzia Project

Some of you may have seen some wines from McLaren Vale with Cadenzia on the labels (ie: see our bottle of Grenache at left), or heard about the Cadenzia project. I thought I would fill you in on what it is all about.

Cadenzia – n. A creative and individual expression of McLaren Vale Grenache made by an inspired winemaker to demonstrate harmony, excitement and energy.

The word comes from ‘cadenza’ a creative improvisational solo in the middle of an orchestral piece. So Cadenzia encourages winemakers to improvise and create with Grenache.

Grenache is one of the great grapes of our region. It’s been around for a very long time. It was one of the first varieties that the Oliver ancestors planted when they arrived in McLaren Vale. Unfortunately, we don’t have any of those original vines anymore but we do have a couple of fabulous 30 year old blocks. The pic at right is of us handpicking one of our Grenache blocks.

We have banded together with a group of other wineries as passionate as we are about Grenache. We want to share the Grenache message as far and wide as possible. The Cadenzia wineries include Yangarra, DogRidge, d’Arenberg, Maximus and Samuels Gorge. You can read a little about each winery below.

Even better- a come down to McLaren Vale and follow the Cadenzia trail (also below).

If you want to read more about Grenache & the Cadenzia wines – check out Philip White’s awesome article