You are undoubtedly in for something special when opening a bottle of wine labelled Bekkers. Emmanuelle and Toby are the duo growing, shaping and crafting some of McLaren Vale’s finest sites into sheer works of art and they have been doing so from day dot. It’s no surprise that the latest examples from 2021 are show stopping wines.
Bekkers Grenache 2021 – 96 Points
Signature McLaren Vale, the wine is singing before you begin to lift the glass to your face. Crimson rose, fresh raspberries and redcurrant are upfront followed by blackberry, Damson plum skin and Adzuki bean. What follows is an arrangement of parts that, once tasted, meld seamlessly into such a pleasurable wine drinking experience that does not require any further dissection. Fine Mithril tannins (yes its fictional chain mail from Lord of the Rings) but it does feel other worldly. A long, very lengthy palate of nutmeg, five spice and King mushroom follow. Devine. Drink with Rabbit stew and don’t forget the poh-tate-toes.
Bekkers Syrah Grenache 2021 – 95 Points
Red black and blue and almost all the hues of a killer bruise. You know the ones where you’re proud to show it off because it was SO worth it. Red cherries, blueberries and blackcurrant jelly to name a few tones. Black olive, tarragon and rocky top soil. This is a wine that rewards as you peer into its pools of detail. It’s pure class on the palate, like a tailored suit. Acidity is manicured, tannins are fine but gritty and the texture is nipped and tucked in all the right places. A prefect of its class. Drink with a classic Beef Wellington and red wine jus, (in this case, use another red wine in the jus).