2016 BEKKERS Syrah Grenache
"Nothing we have seen overseas has diminished our conviction that McLaren Vale is capable of producing unique, world-class wines and we aim to be an emblem for the region.”
2016 Bekkers, McLaren Vale Syrah-Grenache
Our quest to create an emblem for McLaren Vale means attention to the smallest details. Vineyard parcels are selected from our ‘artist’s palette’- the landscape of McLaren Vale- to capture aromatic spice, elegance and soft, silky texture; all underpinned by the generous flavours of McLaren Vale.
Blend: 69% Syrah (Shiraz), 31% Grenache.
Late ripening Syrah from Clarendon delivers generosity and soft, silky texture. Grenache from aged Blewitt Springs bush-vines is more medium bodied and contributes asiatic spice and aromatic fragrance.
In the cellar, 15-20% whole bunches are added to the fermenter and the remaining fruit is gently destemmed (not crushed) and sorted to remove any shrivelled berries. Cold soaked for 5 days prior to the beginning of extended natural fermentation (no yeast added). Gently plunged by hand (Grenache) or pumped over (Syrah) with the aim to minimising over-extraction of aggressive tannin and other undesireable elements. Basket pressed to aged French oak (300L and 500L). Aged on fine lees with minimal sulphur additions before racking in October 2016 and July 2017. The components were blended together and bottled in September 2017 sans filtration.
Wine style objective: Capture McLaren Vale’s generosity of flavour with a light touch ensuring the retention of spice, fragrance and aromatics. Scents of little blue flowers (lavendar and violets). Blueberry and blackcurrant fruit profile. Long, soft, silky texture. We believe that the textural element holds the key to fine wine.
Screw cap | 14.5% abv.
5 STAR WINERY Halliday
“Rippling muscle beneath its millpond still surface...” Matthew Jukes UK. 18.5+/20pts.
“…Reserved style showing superb complexity...” The Australian WISH , Angus Hughson