2013 McLaren Vale Grenache
This is the Bekker’s second straight Grenache (the first was the 2012) and, in 2013, it is from a single vineyard, Strout Road/ ‘Abri. This dry grown vineyard was planted in the 1930s as bush vines and has since been trellised. With 20% whole bunches, it has a distinct savoury dried spice/herb/chinato note to its red cherry and bitter chocolate nose, which deliciously threads its way through the palate.
The palate is very intense, with lovely freshness and simply beautiful purity and depth to its red juicy cherry and creamier raspberry fruit going through.
Velvety tannins reinforce its suppleness, persistent acidity pushes out a long finish. The 2013 Grenache was aged for 18 months in French oak, mostly 500-600 puncheons. None was new though it has to be said that, even where it was used in the Syrah/Syrah Grenache blend, it is worn lightly – a guiding rail for the fruit rather than a flavour component, just as Emma likes it. This wine also carries its 15% abv with ease. £240/6 under bond, which equates to £50.99 inc duty and VAT at Atlas Fine Wine
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