The Bethany Wines Story
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.

Almost 40 years on they 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.
Why's this wine for you?

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.

Expect fireworks of flavour, with lavish fruit and a heady Barossan decadence. Bethany sources fruit from some of the regions most exalted vineyards, including a few old-vine plots that have regularly ended up in Penfolds Grange. The quality of fruit has certainly resonated with the critics too, including the impossibly hard task-master Gary Walsh at The Wine Front who said it was a "Barossa Shiraz of charm and impact... so nicely done" when he awarded it 95 points.


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The Brief
Alcohol
14.5%
Net Volume
750ml
Vintage
2018
Cellar to
2035
Light Dark
Wine Scale 5
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?
Picked in the early morning, the fruit for this wine was crushed to fermenter with a proportion of whole berries to maximize fruit expression. After a gentle fermentation on skins for 8-10 days with twice daily pump-overs the wine was pressed to a 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 the barrel was for 18 months.
The Who
Critic Reviews
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Expert Review
97 Points
Sam Kim - Wine Orbit
A stunning offering; the gorgeously perfumed bouquet shows dark fruit intensity with spicy oak, clove, game and dark chocolate nuances. The powerful, concentrated palate displays outstanding weight and persistency together with plush texture and velvety tannins, finishing impressively long and gratifying. www.bethany.com.au.
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Expert Review
95 Points
James Halliday - Halliday's Wine Companion
Destemmed and partially crushed, matured in barrel for 10 months, 56% new French, 44% American. Full-bodied, and needing more time for the oak to stop impeding the rich flavours of the plum and blackberry fruits. The requisite balance is there.
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Amanda Yallop - The Real Review
Black-purple colour, the bouquet is showing red and black cherry, sandalwood and freshly-fallen leaves. A big wine, full of power and concentration, flavours of chocolate, berries and bay leaf. Full-bodied, oozing with tannin and a rich, ripe finish
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