Sense of Taste Tasting: Grenache and Other Reds

Sense of Taste recently hosted another exceptional tasting event, featuring a remarkable panel led by the esteemed wine connoisseur, Tyson Stelzer. The tasting, guided by Tyson's extensive knowledge and passion for wines, showcased an array of outstanding red wine varieties, with a special focus on Grenache and other noteworthy reds.

Throughout the event, Tyson Stelzer and our expert tasting panel unraveled the layers of flavour present in each pour, offering valuable insights into the nuances of different red wine profiles. From the luscious Grenache to the versatile Sangiovese, the diverse selection of wines highlighted the versatility and craftsmanship of various red varietals. Our managers were able to expand their understanding and appreciation of these captivating wines, gaining a deeper insight into the rich tapestry of flavours that Grenache and other reds have to offer.

Tasting over 60 red blends, here are our stand outs from the day:

Penfolds Bin 138 GSM 2021, 91 Points 
The 2021 vintage signals a resurgence of the Grenache varietal taking the lead in the blend, complemented by the supporting roles of Shiraz and Mataro. This aromatic and approachable wine boasts remarkable versatility, making it an excellent choice to pair with a diverse range of cuisines, such as grilled red meats, Italian sausage, and antipasto. Get yours online now!


Campo Viejo Gran Reserve, 90 Points
Rated a 90 by our Sense of Taste Tasting Panel this international red was a hit. The wine gradually reveals smoky, toasted wood notes with spices and hints of minerals. The palate is smooth, showcasing soft, velvety tannins, great weight, and exceptional acidity balance. It finishes elegantly with complex hints of coffee, chocolate, and dark fruit. Sound like something you'd like? Shop it online now

Wirra Wirra Absconder Grenache, 90 Points
McLaren Vale and Wirra Wirra have delivered a delightful Grenache. Enjoy ripe raspberries, black cherries, and dark florals on the nose. Framed in seasoned oak, it offers a fresh touch of thyme and sage. Primal and vibrant on the palate, the old vine Grenache displays deep fruit and gravelly tannins, enhanced by silky textures from lees ageing.You can shop this online now!

Coriole McLaren Vale Sangiovese, 90 Points
An entire flight from this tasting was dedicated to Sangiovese so it's no wonder we have to share the standout. Presenting a mid to deep ruby hue, this wine reveals expressive aromas of cherry liqueur, soy sauce, and roasted meats, showcasing genuine power and complexity. With an Italian styling and a structural approach, it features al dente tannins adding an upfront dimension. You can get Coriole McLaren Vale Sangiovese for just $32.99 online now!


Grant Bruge Holy Trinity GSM, 90 Points
Capping off our top-rated wines with the Holy Trinity, literally. Graceful and intricate, this wine boasts a mid-weighted palate, harmonizing sweet spice, blood plum, light cocoa powder, raspberry, and subtle notes of white chocolate and nutmeg. The tannins are soft, silky, and mouth-coating, exhibiting a very fine texture. Shop Grant Burge Holy Trinity online now!

View our full collection of Top Selections from the Grenache and Red Blends tasting here.

Better yet, head over to our Instagram to see what Tyson's Top 3 Wines were on the day as well as more tips and tricks when it comes to all things wine, Champagne and more! We look forward to sharing more top-rated wines with you in 2024.