On November 3 the results rolled in for Australia’s best Grenaches.
The James Halliday Grenache Challenge invited producers from all Australian wine regions to participate, encouraging an honest gauge of Australia’s winemaking form and to catch the styles and movements developing across our landscape.
Kay Brothers 2016 Griffon’s Key Grenache emerged the standout winner, with Bethany Wines 2016 Old Vine Grenache, 2016 Clos Clare ‘The Hayes Boy’ Grenache and Willunga 100 ‘The Hundred’ Clarendon Grenache just a single point behind.
2017 James Halliday Grenache Challenge Judges included David LeMire MW, Nick Ryan, Andrew Thomas, Fiona Donald, Emma Symington MW, Charlie Seppelt and Margot Muir.
Chair of Judges, David LeMire MW has praised the quality of wines entered.
“The brilliant resource of mature vines seems to be more valued by growers, makers, and drinkers than ever before.”
“The Grenache wines were exciting to judge. The brilliant resource of mature vines seems to be more valued by growers, makers, and drinkers than ever before,” said Mr LeMire.
James Halliday notes the standout success of the Kay Brothers Griffon’s Key Grenache as the 2017 title winner.
“The initial Challenge was everything I hoped it would be. It was inevitable that McLaren Vale, its spiritual (and earthly) home would emerge as the most successful region, but there was considerable style diversity both in McLaren Vale and elsewhere. The exceptional success of the iconic Kay Brothers Amery Vineyards was obviously the standout individual result, but it was Grenache that won the day,” said Mr Halliday.
Here is the full list of results: