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. To this backbone we add three small parcels from vineyards in Kangarilla, Blewitt Springs, Onkaparinga Hills. Grenache from these higher elevation parts of the valley deliver fragrance and pretty aromatics.
Grenache is a hero variety for McLaren Vale and is experiencing a renaissance. With a unique affinity between variety and place, when carefully grown and gently handled McLaren Vale Grenache has the capacity to make beautiful, expressive wines.
In our Grenache we search for indian spice (cloves, cumin and star anise), fragrance and pretty aromatics. We love Grenache’s clarity of fruit. It’s no shrinking violet though, and has the capacity to age beautifully.
Emma (the winemaker) and Toby (the viticulturist) Bekkers have quickly made a reputation for themselves among the McLaren Vale wine community for their exacting standards. All of the fruit is handpicked and sorted, with one of the main goals being to remove raisined berries. They’re looking for fresh red and blue fruit flavors that are more delicate than dried fruit or fruitcake flavors, Emma says. The wines tend to blend multiple sites to achieve the balance that they’re seeking in their wines, choosing grapes from close to the coast to blend with grapes from higher, inland locations.