Grey Grenache

Definition - What does Grey Grenache mean?

Grey Grenache, or Grenache Gris, is a wine grape variety related to both Black Grenache and White Grenache, and it originates from Northern Spain. Grey Grenache is a pinkish-grey grape that is a mutation of Black Grenache and gives wines a spectrum of color, from a pinkish-grey hue to a yellow-green tinted hue. The vine is woody and hardy, preferring a dry, hot climate with sandy rocky soil.

Characteristics of the grape include flavors of stone fruit with a full, almost oily mouthfeel.

WineFrog explains Grey Grenache

This pale, crimson-skinned grape is a late harvest grape that produces grapes with a high sugar content, which produces varietal wines and is also used in blended wines. A mutation from the Black Grenache variety from Northern Spain, Grey Grenache is a vigorous vine that prefers warm climates and is drought-resistant. Much like White and Black Grenache, Grey Grenache oxidizes easily and prefers a cooler fermentation.

Wines made with Grey Grenache express elegant and sweetened flavors of stone fruit, minerals and anise, with a full and well-rounded mouthfeel. Grey Grenache is used to make blended rose, white and fortified wines. Depending on the blend and the style of wine being made, wines made with this grape will vary from bright yellow to a green-hued and muted pink.

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