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2015 Bethany Barossa Valley Semillon

Cracka Rating

Cracka Review

There are quite a few producers making Semillon in the Barossa but don’t expect it to be anything like the Hunter Valley style. Bethany are one of the oldest wineries who have significant plantings and consistently make award winning Semillon. Age is one of the reasons, the vines are over 45 years old and seem to imbue the wine with exceptional character. It has aromas of citrus and honey that deliver brilliantly on the long, textured palate. It’s rich and satisfying with a nutty complexity that pairs exceptionally well with pan-fried white fish.

Winemaker's Notes

Made from old vines grown on the family vineyards, the 2015 Semillon is very much in the Schrapel family tradition of championing food-friendly wines. The nose displays zesty aromas of grapefruit, apples and pears with just a hint of lime. The palate tastes of delicate flavours of lemon and gooseberries with a refreshingly crisp finish - all of which indicates a potential for graceful bottle ageing.

A versatile wine which will complement most white meat dishes. Try with Atlantic salmon and fresh garden salad.

Alc/vol: 12.6%

expert reviews about

2015 Bethany Barossa Valley Semillon

Expert Reviews

Nick Stock (2012 Vintage) says
A barrel sample, and boy is it showing potential. Deeper golden colour and a wealth of grilled hazelnut oak on biscuity nuances; really lovely ripe lemon citrus, some cumquat too. The palate s already enriched and fleshing out, and the concentration is startling. Terrific wine!
2014
Good Wine Guide
93
Rob Geddes MW (2012 Vintage) says
In the winery style of giving this shy varietal personality some up front appeal. Tropical semillon spectrum with pineapple and orange aromas 25% bigger than a hunter of the same variety. Full bodied fruit and roundness, medium long and marzipan oak with tropical fruit and a layered finish that will grow.
2017
Rob Geddes MW
88
Jeremy Oliver (2012 Vintage) says
Spicy and oxidative, with a stale, melon-like expression of fruit and a thick, syrupy palate that tends to cloy and lack freshness.
2013-2014
The Australian Wine Annual 2014 Edition
81
Rob Geddes MW (2011 Vintage) says
Unlike the Hunter these start more drinkable with subtle lemon citrus fruit and texture. They are light bodied needing three years to fatten and show their round mouth feel and lemon zest while after five years you can smell and taste the classic smoke and toast. Bargain cellaring wine.
2017
Rob Geddes MW
88
Jeremy Oliver (2011 Vintage) says
2016-2019
The Australian Wine Annual 2014 Edition
91
Jeremy Oliver (2010 Vintage) says
A focused, finer and leaner example of Barossa semillon whose lightly toasty bouquet of melon, lemon and dusty sherbet-like undertones reveals hints of cloves and vanilla oak. Long, juicy and reserved, with a pleasing long core of bright melon-like fruit, it finishes tight and austere, with tangy, lemony acids. Try and keep your hands off for five years!
The Australian Wine Annual
91
James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
To 2015
Australian Wine Companion 2013
92
Rob Geddes MW (2010 Vintage) says
Like the Hunter this semillon starts lean at three years shows mouth feel and lemon zest and after five years the classic smoke and toast.
2015
Rob Geddes MW
87
James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
Australian Wine Companion 2012 2011
90
Rob Geddes MW (2009 Vintage) says
Like the Hunter this semillon starts lean at three years shows mouth feel and lemon zest and after five years the classic smoke and toast.
Rob Geddes MW
84
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
Australian Wine Companion 2011 2010
88
Rob Geddes MW (2008 Vintage) says
Like the Hunter this semillon starts lean, at three years shows mouth feel and lemon zest and after five years the classic smoke and toast.
Australian Wine Vintages 2010
85
Nick Stock (2007 Vintage) says
Slightly nutty development in this aged-release semillon, and a pristine lemon and straw aroma beneath. Some gentle palate texture and weight courtesy of nicely judged barrel fermentation, good depth and a lemony, toasty finish.
The Penguin Good Australian Wine Guide 2010 2009
92
Jeremy Oliver (2007 Vintage) says
A long, finely balanced and elegant semillon whose lightly smoky, nutty bouquet of melon, tobacco and vanilla precedes a smooth, creamy palate whose pleasing length of intense, luscious fruit reveals some meaty complexity. It's underpinned by smoky oak and finishes with a zesty, lemony acidity.
Australian Wine Annual 2010 2009
90
James Halliday (2007 Vintage) says
Bright golden-green; has good balance, and barrel ferment in older oak has added to the structure of the wine without making it unduly heavy or phenolic. Early maturing style.
Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
89
Rob Geddes MW (2007 Vintage) says
Like the Hunter this semillon starts lean, at three years shows mouth feel and lemon zest and after five years the classic smoke and toast.
Australian Wine Vintages 2010
86
James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
Glowing yellow-green, very developed; rich and complex, but clogs up on the finish; lees and partial oak more suited to chardonnay, though no shortage of flavour.
Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
87
Rob Geddes MW (2006 Vintage) says
Like the Hunter this semillon starts lean, at three years shows mouthfeel and lemon zest and after five years the classic smoke and toast.
Australian Wine Vintages 2010 2009
86
Jeremy Oliver (2006 Vintage) says
Toasty, buttery and evolving, with rather a candied expression of nutty melon-like fruit with undertones of barley sugar and mealy vanilla oak. Smooth and restrained, its rather polished and oaky palate subdues its fruit to some measure, finishing long and dusty. It just needs a short time in the bottle.
Australian Wine Annual 2009 2008
88
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
Crisp, clean and fresh; belies its alcohol; a very interesting wine, relying on restrained winemaking, the exclusion of oak, and 45-year-old vines
Australian Wine Companion 2008 2007
90
Nick Stock (2005 Vintage) says
Bethany has worked a treat with this barrel-fermented '05, it's built attractive toasty complexity, some bottle-derived savoury notes too, lemon butter - smells terrific. The palate has superb richness: lemon sherbet to start, fleshy texture through the middle and a toasty, nutty twist through the finish. Complex and complete.
Good Australian Wine Guide 2009 2008
93
Rob Geddes MW (2005 Vintage) says
Like the Hunter this semillon starts lean, at three years shows mouth feel and lemon zest and after five years the classic smoke and toast.
Australian Wine Vintages 2010
86
James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says
This is a surprise packet, the best barrel-fermented semillon for a long time from the Barossa Valley; French, not American, oak is part of the story, matched with lemon/lemongrass fruit, and perfectly integrated.
Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006
92
Jeremy Oliver (2004 Vintage) says
A tangy and varietal semillon whose fresh, fruit-driven aroma of melon, lemon, hints of quince and cumquat overlies a light background of toasty vanilla oak Round, soft and generous, its lightly oaked palate of smooth, juicy fruit is as approachable as it is fresh and lively. It finishes with a faint hint of ashtray-like oak.
Australian Wine Annual 2007 2006
90
Rob Geddes MW (2004 Vintage) says
Like the Hunter this semillon starts lean, at three years shows mouth feel and lemon zest and after five years the classic smoke and toast.
Australian Wine Vintages 2010
84
James Halliday (2003 Vintage) says
Australian Wine Companion 2006 2005
85
Jeremy Oliver (2003 Vintage) says
Delicate aromas of green apples, melon and green olives, lightly dusty vanilla oak and hints of lemon rind, before a restrained, but chewy palate. Its reserved apple/melon fruit finishes dry and chalky. It should flesh out well.
Australian Wine Annual 2006 2005
88
James Halliday (2002 Vintage) says
Australian Wine Companion 2005 2004
85
James Halliday (2001 Vintage) says
Medium to full yellow-green; a solid, traditional bouquet with some tangy fruit is followed by a palate in similar mould; not over-oaked, but tending short.
Australian Wine Companion 2003 2002
83
James Halliday (1998 Vintage) says
Light green-yellow; the bouquet is clean, with restrained oak influence. The palate offers the same subtle approach to oak, with ample fresh honey and lime marmalade fruit flavours; good length to the finish.
Australian Wine Companion 2000 1999
89

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