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Bethany GR Reserve Shiraz

Bethany GR Reserve Shiraz

Bethany GR Reserve Shiraz

Cracking Barossa shiraz from a superb vintage. Bethany identify their very finest shiraz for this wine and it shows. This is surely one of the very best wines made by Geoff and Robert Schrapel. It is made with fruit from a small patch of old vines – 80 to 100 years of age – from near the foothills of the Barossa Ranges which have proven themselves worthy over many years. The grapes went to four tonne fermenters, before being matured in a mix of 70% new French and American oak for 18 months. A percentage of whole berries were included. 

This is inky black with crimson rims. Dense and chocolatey with real concentration and coiled power, yet always maintaining balance and never becoming too heavy. Great aromatics. Black fruits, liquorice, mocha and coffee bean notes. There is a delightful freshness to match with those silky, velvety tannins. There is oak, but the fruit simply sucks it up and asks for more. The plushness cannot hide the classic structure and this is a wine for the long haul, or enjoy it as soon as suits you. Gorgeous either way. 

With some of the oldest vines in the Barossa, Bethany Wines has a 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.

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.

To find out more about the winery go to http://www.bethany.com.au/our-wines

To see our full range of Bethany wines go to http://www.auswinesonline.co.uk/product-category/bethany-wines/

Bethany GR Reserve Shiraz

Producer: Colour: RedGrape: AustralianRegion: South Australia, Barossa ValleyVintage: 2018/16Grape Details: ShirazSKU: beth09

£53.00 a bottle

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Bethany Wines

www.bethany.com.au/
Bethany Wines has built a reputation as one of Australia’s finest wine producers, underpinned by a strong sense of family tradition since the mid-1800s.

The winery is owned and run by the Schrapel family, who first planted vines in 1852 soon after arriving from Silesia. Like many of their fellow Germanic migrants, they established a home in Bethany and cleared the land to grow winegrapes and graze animals. More than a century later, fifth generation descendants, brothers Geoff and Robert Schrapel, established Bethany Wines as a wine company.

Today, Bethany Wines boasts one of the finest views overlooking stunning sweeping vineyards in the Barossa Valley and beyond. Geoff and Robert’s philosophy has remained constant – to produce exceptional wines that express the microclimate and terroir of the Barossa Ranges and Eden Valley.

The winery specialises in ultra-premium Shiraz and a range of other table wines including Riesling, Semillon, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Merlot, Shiraz Cabernet and Old Vine Grenache. Bethany Wines is also world-renowned for its Old Quarry Fronti (white port) and Old Quarry Tawn

South Australia

The Barossa Valley is one of the major regions in Australia, where many of the major wine companies are based. It is believed the first vineyards were planted in the 1840s by Silesian migrants (who settled in Bethany). There followed a rapid expansion of plantations. The early styles of wines produced were heavy dry red wines and fortified wines that were popular both domestically and in Britain. After the Second World War the styles shifted to lighter table wines with production of Chardonnay, Riesling, Semillon, Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz. The Barossa Valley is home to some very well known names such as Seppelt, Wolf Blass and Penfolds as well as many smaller producers. The climate is Mediterranean with hot dry summers and cool wet winters, making it ideal for viticulture. The main wine styles: White – Semillon, Riesling, Chardonnay, Semillon-Chardonnay blend; Red – Shiraz (full bodied & ripe) with Old Vine Shiraz a speciality of many vineyards, Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache, Shiraz-Grenache-Mataro blend, Cabernet-Merlot blend.

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