Bekkers Wine Grenache 2019

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The Bekkers model is a little unusual for grenache in some ways rejecting the concept of single site is best and going for greater complexity by taking fruit from a variety of sub-regions. Toby and Emmanuelle use fruit from a small number of select vineyards around McLaren Vale, from Blewitt Springs and Seaview Road at around 100m in altitude up to Kangarilla at 240m. It ranges from close to the ocean on Seaview Road to 17 kilometres inland at Kangarilla. Whatever they are doing is working as this wine is a stunningly beautiful interpretation of Australian Grenache.

But it’s not a wine that immediately jumps out and bites. It creeps up on you and only slowly reveals all it has to offer. Lightish in colour it has superb fruit purity – red cherry, tobacco, cinnamon and red earth thrown in the mix with a subtle blanket of oak. The palate balance is then exceptional between ripe yet compact fruit and surprising tannin weight while remaining silky. The climax is an ethereal finish – long and fine that goes on for what seems like an eternity. It’s a new highpoint in Australian Grenache with a long life ahead.

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