Two trophies and a top Gold.
In a first for the Grenache, the 2015 Grampians Grenache won the Trophy for Best Dry Red – Other Variety. This class of 42 wines included Tempranillo, Sangiovese, Malbec, Mataro, Cab Franc, Barbera, Petit Verdot and various new varieties. Prior to the 1960s, Grenache was the most popular planted variety in Australia. It lost favour but is once again regaining popularity. A lighter red not dissimilar to pinot, it is highly perfumed with silky soft tannins.
The 2015 Grampians GST won the Trophy for Best Dry Red Blend. There were 64 entries. The Grenache Shiraz Tempranillo blend (60:30:10%) has now collected three trophies and is very popular at the cellar door. The GST uses the perfume and soft tannins in the Grenache as its base, with the Shiraz filling out the mid palate and the Tempranillo adding some complexity. Remember, with a name like the GST, this wine has 10% more flavour.
The Top Gold was for the yet-to-be released 2015 Streeton Reserve Shiraz. In the class of 74 shiraz’s from 2015, there were four golds. The Streeton was awarded the Top Gold but got pipped for the Trophy.