2021 Varney Wines Grenache

McLaren Vale, SA

Appealing expression of modern, bouncy Grenache, from old vine McLaren Vale sites. One of our favourite McV producers...


Rated 4.0 out of 5 stars
1 Review
A very expressive, youthful grenache here with drinkability in spades.

Mike Bennie (The Wine Front)

About The Wine

We've been loving all the new Varney releases, and this crunchy but smooth as silk Grenache continues the happy trend.

Some whole bunch fermentation for structure, some carbonic maceration for bouncy aromatics, and the finished wine is full of vibrant red berries, some mint and spice, and it's a whole lot of fun to imbibe.

Delicious daily drinking that hits all the right notes.

About Varney

Varney Wines began with just a "tonne for fun" for Alan Varney to play around with over a decade ago.

He took his years of experience working at top South Australian wineries, including time spent at Orlando Wines, Longview Vineyard and over a decade as senior winemaker at d’Arenberg, and poured his skills into crafting a style of wine that he and his friends and family could enjoy.

The side gig became a full-time obsession, leading to Alan purchasing a dilapidated property at the Gateway of McLaren Vale to house a tasting room alongside his wife Kathrin’s restaurant, Victor’s Place. A sustainable modern winery was built and their first commercial release was unveiled. The wines have been taking off ever since culminating with Varney being named James Halliday's Best New Winery in 2021.

Winemaker Alan Varney
Winemaker Alan Varney
McLaren Vale, SA
Additional Info

From The Producer

Old Bush Vine Grenache of 70+ years sourced from two distinguished sites in the McLaren Vale sub-regions of Blewitt Springs and Seaview. Harvested slightly early to retain natural acidity and vibrancy. Hand-Picked. Cold soaked. 50% whole bunch wild fermented carbonic maceration. 14 - 18 days on skins in headed down open fermenters. Pressed to seasoned French Hogsheads. Matured for 6 months and racked once prior to bottling.

Blend : Grenache (100%)
ABV : 13.8%
Closure : Screw Cap
Drink Until : 2028

Alan & Kathrin Varney
Alan & Kathrin Varney
McLaren Vale, SA
Expert Reviews

Critic Reviews

The Wine Front

"Vibrant, cherry-cola-berry-blast kind of deal here. Fresh and fruity, lively and juicy. A very expressive, youthful grenache here with drinkability in spades. Pleasingly in that sour-sweet spectrum with delightful, botanical-esque bitterness to finish. Superb, Italianate tannins too. Top." - Mike Bennie (The Wine Front)

Halliday Wine Companion

"A confluence of Blewitt Springs’ elevated freshness and purple florals, together with Seaview’s density, strawberry, kirsch and menthol. 50% whole bunches, fermented wild, with 14–18 days on skins. Lovely sap and flow until the finish, when I find the menthol element drying. The tannins, immaculate and refined as is the wont here, may suggest otherwise in time." - Ned Goodwin MW (Halliday Wine Companion)

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    Varney have done well on their GSM and Grenache this year. Good value

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