2017 Bethany GR Reserve Barossa Valley Shiraz
2017 Bethany GR Reserve Barossa Valley Shiraz
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The very top of the Bethany quality tree, this ultra-limited Shiraz is only released in the finest vintages and showcases the very best in Barossa Shiraz character.
A homage to the founders of Bethany - A winery with a lineage back to the first founders of the Barossa, this decadent Shiraz has an intensity of flavour that is pure top end Shiraz. Matured in 70% new oak for over 18 months, it's powerful, dense and has an intensity that is almost unmatched.
A gold medal winner at the huge Mundus Vini wine show, this very rare red won't last long...
From two vineyards that shone in the cool conditions. Generous use (70%) of new French and American oak is usual practice for Bethany, likewise 18 months maturation, so no surprise here. Good retention of colour; the elegant, fresh, medium-bodied palate is a reflection of the cool, dry vintage. Some may wonder where the wine is headed, the answer decades away, or drink tonight - such is the magic of the vintage.
How's it taste?
A rich, intense and dynamic palate. Rushes from front to back with pace, balance and precision. Generous and lush with supple dark fruits, rich dark chocolate and vibrant, fresh tannins that add structure and vigour to the wine.
How was it made?
Sourced from the very finest parcels of Bethany Shiraz from the cool but rich 2017 vintage, this wine has all the hallmarks of a great Barossa Valley Shiraz with a unique Bethany personality and character and does great credit to Geoff and Robert
Schrapel. Matured in a blend of 70% new French and American oak, the nose displays complex layers of dark, blue and black fruits mingling with baking spices and mocha. The palate is rich and long with dark blue and black fruits complemented by dark
chocolate and earthy complexity. Lush and elegant the vibrant velvety tannins produce a finish of great finesse and a promise of more to enjoy with careful cellaring.
The winter of 2016 was wet at 143% of average, Spring too was wet at 198% of average and even December was wetter than average. The growing season was then cool (December) to average (January) with brief periods of rain in January to keep the vines refreshed. Being a cooler vintage in the Eden Valley with a long ripening period this led to Shiraz having an long and balanced maturation period leading to fully ripe fruit flavours with an underlying balance and elegance.
Picked in the early morning, the fruit for this wine was crushed to fermenter with a proportion of whole berries to maximise fruit expression. After a gentle fermentation on skins for 8-10 days with twice daily pumpovers the wine was pressed to combination of new and seasoned French and American oak. The mid pressings of the wine were kept separate to be blended back after maturation. Maturation in barrel was for 18 months.
Who made it?
With some of the oldest vines in the Barossa, Bethany Wines has special place in the region’s winemaking story.
Johann Gottlob Schrapel and his family arrived from Silesia on the George Washington in 1844. This was just eight years after South Australia was settled. Like many Silesian migrants, they travelled by ox cart to Bethany (Bethanien), and established the Barossa’s first settlement.
Johann planted the first vineyard in 1852 from cuttings carried from Europe. He built a wine cellar and had reputation as a winemaker. Despite this our family were grape growers for the next four generations.
Establishment of Bethany Wines In 1981, fifth generation brothers Robert and Geoff established Bethany Wines. They built a winery in the quarry where the early pioneers had hewn stone for their homes. They crushed 2 tonnes of Shiraz and Riesling, launching the next chapter of the Schrapel wine story. The early 1980s were tough for Barossa grape growers. A glut followed a red wine boom and grape prices fell below production cost. The State Government wanted growers to pull out old Shiraz and Grenache vines. They encouraged growers to plant new varieties or leave the industry. Fortunately, the brothers chose to establish a tradition of winemaking from this undervalued yet irreplaceable resource of old vineyards. Bethany Wines’ reputation for hospitality and spectacular views of the Barossa spread and we began to grow.
Almost 40 years on we are a vibrant family company that plays a significant role in the Barossa community. Tania Schrapel continues the legacy of the business, sharing the same passion for the vineyards, for crafting fine wines, and for the future working alongside her father, Geoff and Uncle, Robert.
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