Bekkers McLaren Vale Syrah 2015
“Probably the best modern-style McLaren Vale Syrah I’ve tasted. It’s intensely fragrant and complex with a rasp of black pepper to nose and palate, liquorice, five spice, peonies and inky florals, a gentle savouriness and a touch of mocha oak. As for the fruit, supple, concentrated but juicy blackberry and plum is sumptuous, yet vivid and fresh - very persistent. Tasted at home, I lingered over this sensual Syrah for three days and it never stopped giving. I loved, loved the tannins – fine spun, but mineral (iron filing) and present, as if interwoven with the fruit. With terrific perfume, depth, length and detail, it is a seemingly bottomless pit of delights. Bet it ages really well (if you can resist it now!).” Sarah Ahmed (UK wine critic).
“This makes the marriage of intensity and elegance seem simple, purity and power likewise. It is suspended in time and place with glorious fruit (no chocolate), gently savoury/spicy fine tannins and oak hiding in the panoply of fruit flavours.” 98 points, James Halliday Wine Companion 2018.
Amazingly the wine also gets a Special Value Rating from James Halliday. This highly coveted gong is awarded to “wines considered to offer special value for money.” It’s unusual for a wine of this price and clearly indicates Halliday thinks its could/should sell for much more. I have to say I agree.