2016 Bekkers McLaren Vale Syrah
A 52/48% blend of Clarendon and Seaview fruit, 80% destemmed, 20% whole bunches, 5 days cold soak, wild-fermented, matured in French puncheons, bottled November '17, released Aug '18. Deeply coloured; as usual, a very complex shiraz loaded to the gills with the blackest of black fruits. While tannins and new oak are an essential part of the bouquet and palate, they remain the servants of the fruit. Even in this display of power, there is balance and symmetry that will guarantee a minimum 40-year life.