2016 Bekkers McLaren Vale Grenache
Not far from the McLaren Vale township lies a vineyard of old, dry-grown Grenache that we’ve long admired. We source a tiny parcel of terrific fruit from these old warriors. 2015 saw the addition of a Blewitt Springs parcel of fruit. Grenache from this higher elevation part of the valley delivers fragrance and pretty aromatics; its medium weight counters the density of the valley floor parcel.
Grenache is a hero variety for McLaren Vale and is experiencing a renaissance. When carefully grown and gently handled it has the capacity to make beautiful, expressive wines.
In our Grenache we search for asiatic spice (cloves and star anise), fragrance and pretty aromatics. We love Grenache's clarity of fruit. It's no shrinking violet though, and has the capacity age beautifully.
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James Halliday, 2019 Wine Companion. 97pts for 2016 Bekkers Grenache. “…a wine with great length and great purity.”
From vineyards in Kangarilla and Blewitt Springs planted in the '30s and '60s, open-fermented separately with 20% whole bunches, matured in used French oak before blending. If the Syrah Grenache is all about complexity, this is all about stealth. The bright, light crimson hue and fragrant bouquet are seemingly fixed to the flagpole of red berry fruits, but just when you think this may simply be a pretty red wine, the previously hidden fine tannins make their appearance. The result is a wine with great length and great purity.
The Wine Detective. Sarah Ahmed. Bekkers 2016 Grenache- “…deliciously spicy, very layered, complex…”
Bekkers Grenache 2016 has a deliciously spicy, very layered, complex nose and palate. Deeply embedded, its Imperial Leather blend of spices (think sandalwood and anise) and old vine earth/moss notes are, like the Wirra Wirra, superbly integrated into the fabric of this wine. It is an outlier in terms of time in oak, spending significantly longer than the others (17m versus 7.5-11 months) in (500l) seasoned french oak. It makes for a slightly more emphatic savouriness but, although it has greater concentration and fruit weight, its sleek melange of red and black berry and cherry remains lively and persistent – as lingering as the spice, thanks to palate-cleaving fine, granular, very mineral tannins. An anchor for the flavours.
Huon Hooke.com. Huon Hooke. 95pts for Bekkers 2016 Grenache. "A superb wine, balanced and elegant..."
Medium-red hue with a subtle purple tint. There are spicy, herbal and sooty, earthy aromas; the palate is medium to full-bodied and soft, with attractive sweet fruit in the middle and a pleasing touch of firmness from light tannins. A superb wine, balanced and elegant, with a great harmony between its savoury and fruity characteristics.
95pts. Drink 2018 to 2030
Huon Hooke.com. Toni Paterson- 94 pts for Bekkers 2016 Grenache. "...consistently impressive..."
This wine is consistently impressive with its stylish red fruit and refined structure. Excellent depth, concentration and succulence. Made in small quantities from dry-grown McLaren Vale grenache.
Matthew Jukes.com (U.K.). 19+/20 for 2016 Bekkers Grenache. "...this is a magnificently perfumed creature."
This is a ravishing wine, which continues to celebrate the world-class Grenache being made in South Australia. I could spend hours sniffing this wine – for a mono-variety, with a completely hands-off winemaking recipe, this is a magnificently perfumed creature. It is clear that layering fruit from Kangarilla, Blewitt Springs and McLaren Vale is one of the factors behind this wine’s success, but it is perhaps more complicated than that. This regal wine layers site, soil, sub-soil, rocks, minerals and local flora, too. It is the non-fruit elements which grab me as much as the obviously stunning red fruit notes.
2016 Bekkers McLaren Vale Grenache 19+/20 $80AUD (Drink 2019 – 2030)
The Wine Front, Campbell Mattinson. 96pts for Bekkers Grenache 2016. “It’s a deluxe wine if ever there was one.”
Posted on 01 December 2017.
The 2015 had me in knots but not so with this 2016 Bekkers Grenache. It sees 20% whole bunches, is fermented wild, and all goes into old, large-format oak.
Yes it’s warm with alcohol but it’s a quite stupendously good wine. It’s rich with character, fruit and length. It’s a deluxe wine is ever there was one. Dutch chocolate, cranberries, squishy fresh raspberries, fresh mint and sarsaparilla. It’s bursting to please but regardless it charges on through the finish, tannin whistling as it passes. It’s terribly good; call it grand and be done.
Rated : 96 Points
Alcohol : 15%
Price : $80
Closure : Screwcap
Drink : 2018 - 2028+