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Garanoir - Welschriesling

Garanoir - Welschriesling

Garanoir is a new hybrid grape, a cross between Gamay and Reichensteiner, a white variety found in Germany (and in the UK). It produces immensely powerful dark red wines, with much tannin and is increasingly used in "big" blends.

Garanoir has very smooth tannins, low acidity, has a deep colour, generous fruit perfectly enhanced by a touch of spice, and an incredible complex texture. It is used in blends to bring texture and a certain complex richness to the wine. The variety is often blended with its sibling, Gamaret. Aromatically speaking, Garanoir wines can be strikingly similar to those made from Pinot Noir. Garanoir lacks Pinot Noir's acidity however, so it is best grown in cooler vineyard sites. In cooler conditions, the grapes can ripen slowly and steadily without losing too much acidity.

Garanoir was born in 1970 at the Caudoz research centre in Pully near Lausanne in Switzerland and originally named Pully B-28. It then underwent a few name changes before Garanoir was chosen. It was released in 1990.

Garanoir was developed for cultivation in German Switzerland and is a full sibling of Gamaret, which was intended for the French part of the country. They are fantastic as a blend.

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  • Douce Noire Domaine des Abeilles d'Or

    Silk and cashmere in a glass
  • Gamaret-Garanoir "Expression" Cave de La Cote Uvavins

    Possibly the best red with spicy food anywhere!
  • Le Lézard Rouge Badoux Vins

    Ripasso-style wine of Pinot Noir over Garanoir. It's Pinot Noir with just a nudge of oomph
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    "On the wings of the dawn" is legendary
  • Süße Löwen Spätlese Heidi Schroeck

    A sweet wine for dining pairings.
  • Welschriesling Weingut Breitenfelder

    Still good, a great after work aperitif
  • Trockenbeerenauslese Welschriesling Josef Lentsch

    All of Lentsch's dessert wines are magnificent.
  • Greiner Heidi Schroeck

    A unique long maceration late harvest wine - has to be tasted
  • Weisse Löwen Heidi Schroeck

    Classic happy and crunchy Austrian white - Welschriesling.
  • Beerenauslese Selektion Heidi Schroeck

    Fabulously elegant sweet wine. An explosion of flavours - but with elegance, not exuberance.

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