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Bethany Barossa Valley Old Vine Grenache

Cracka Rating

Cracka Review

Grenache has quite a home in the Barossa and this fruit hails from some of the oldest bush vines in the region. Grenache is well suited to the conditions of the area and can handle a good amount of sunshine to create a full flavoured variety. It is redolent of raspberry and spice with these flavours merging on the palate and helped along by fine tannin weight. A well-structured, wine that marries well with meaty Tapas dishes.

Winemaker's Notes

The 2011 vintage was a difficult one in the Barossa. However, we have crafted a wine that we hope will enjoy as much as we did, even though it is somewhat different to our traditional Schrapel Family Grenache style. Ripe cherry and spice characters abound on both nose and the flavoursome palate. The mouth feel is soft and the finish dry with excellent natural acid balance. It will go well with most Asian food - we found it absolutely delightful with pork spare ribs and honey orange sauce, accompanied by stir-fried bok choy.

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Bethany Barossa Valley Old Vine Grenache

Expert Reviews

Wine Companion (2010 Vintage) says
Sweet raspberry nose, with a savoury touch. Dark fruit flavours with drying tannins.
May/June
James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
To 2014
Australian Wine Companion 2013
87
WINESTATE (2008 Vintage) says
Well-aged wine with gamey/barnyard characters on the nose and smooth, integrated fruit/oak flavours. Good food wine.
WINESTATE Volume 34 (2011) 2011
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
Australian Wine Companion 2012 2011
88
Jeremy Oliver (2008 Vintage) says
Simple, cooked and lacking depth of fruit, this candied, jammy grenache delivers some forward presence of blueberries and red fruits, but then thins out towards a simple, hollow presence of raisiny flavour.
The Australian Wine Annual 2012
82
Jeremy Oliver (2006 Vintage) says
Long, smooth and silky, this deeply flavoured, luscious and elegant young grenache backs its spicy, meaty expression of blueberries, plums, cherry kernel and raisins with underlying meaty and chocolate-like notes and a loose-knit but firmish undercarriage of fine tannins. It's heady and floral, with an appealing brightness and clarity of flavour, a satisfying structure and a fresh acidity that it marries with charming balance and freshness.
Australian Wine Annual 2010 2009
90
Nick Stock (2006 Vintage) says
This has regional tarry notes across some deep and quite brooding old-vine grenache fruits - blackberries, spiced plums and fruitcake, some sweet earth and subtle cedary oak too. The palate's taut and compact, with an impressive line of tannin running straight and true, leaving dark-berry, mocha and plum flavours in its wake. Old vines and a great vintage here.
The Good Wine Guide 2011
Nick Stock (2005 Vintage) says
Typical Bethany lightness here, gently ripened mixed red fruits that bloom in the glass. This is really approachable stuff from a terrific grenache vintage. Supple, slightly salty palate with a fine, silty tannin coating, gentle and balanced from older vines here, methinks.
The Penguin Good Australian Wine Guide 2010 2009
90
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
Ultra-typical light-bodied cherry /raspberry jam fruit; I must be missing something with this style.
Australian Wine Companion 2008 2007
87
James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says
Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006
86
James Halliday (2003 Vintage) says
Australian Wine Companion 2006 2005
86
James Halliday (1999 Vintage) says
Medium red, with just a touch of purple. The bouquet has jammy, juicy varietal fruit and just a touch of charry oak, the palate following logically on in a light to medium weight, user-friendly style.
Australian Wine Companion 2001 2001
81

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