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Bethany Barossa Valley Shiraz

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Cracka Review

Bethany is one of the most beautiful and slightly cooler Barossa regions with Bethany Wines having a cellar door that is well worth the visit for its cracking views alone.

Better still the wines are good to match with this a delicious mid-weight Barossa style that won’t smash your taste-buds with a baseball bat like some of the modern, super-charged styles. Spicy, dark cherry fruit with a hint of Eden Valley about it – it is sumptuous and made for serious food.

Winemaker's Notes

Made from early harvest grapes grown on the Schrapel family’s and neighbouring Barossa vineyards, this youthful, medium bodied wine will be best enjoyed within three or four years from vintage. 

Palate: It is a very natural tasting, elegant, rather European style with slightly floral and red cherry characters on both the nose and the palate. The finish is soft with restrained tannins gained from two years careful oak maturation.

Cellaring: Three to 5 years.

Alcohol: 14.3%

expert reviews about

Bethany Barossa Valley Shiraz

Expert Reviews

Jeremy Oliver (2009 Vintage) says
Rather thin and baked, but offering a sweet, rather jammy mouthful of fruit for the shorter term, this slightly porty shiraz has a currant-like bouquet of redcurrants, blueberries and vanilla oak backed by herbal nuances. Initially cooked and meaty, it becomes fragile and green-edged down the palate, but does retain a modest length of fruit. Under and over-ripened.
2011-2014
The Australian Wine Annual 2014 Edition
86
Jeremy Oliver (2008 Vintage) says
Smooth and ready to drink, this rather baked and greenish shiraz reflects both under and over-ripened fruit. Aromas of blackberry confiture, graphite and smoky, slightly stake oak with meaty undertones precede a soft, juicy and jammy palate whose bright, forward fruit falls thin in the middle, finishing without genuine length. It's framed by green-edged acids, finishing rather heavy-handed and sappy.
The Australian Wine Annual
85
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
Medium red-purple; right in the mainstream of traditional Barossa Valley shiraz with generous plum cake and blackberry fruit, sweet oak, and soft tannins. A go anywhere wine, ready now or soonish.
To 2015
Australian Wine Companion 2013
90
James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
2018
Australian Wine Companion 2012
92
Nick Stock (2006 Vintage) says
An old-school shiraz that shows a solid hit of ripe, plum-scented fruits and a whack of liquorice and tar on the nose. The palate's composed and sturdy, not overly ripened, just straight-shooting true Barossa character. Acid sits up through the finish.
2014
The Good Wine Guide
90
Jeremy Oliver (2006 Vintage) says
2011-2014+
The Australian Wine Annual 2014 Edition
88
James Halliday (2002 Vintage) says
A super-abundance of plush plum and small berry black fruits; relatively restrained alcohol; balanced oak and tannins.
Australian Wine Companion 2006 2005
92
James Halliday (2001 Vintage) says
Ripe, luscious red and black fruits; soft tannins, good overall flavour.
Australian Wine Companion 2005 2004
89
James Halliday (2000 Vintage) says
Medium to full red-purple; ripe, dark berry fruits, earth and spice on the bouquet foreshadow a palate with an abundance of rich, ripe fruit, the oak subservient. Good length and development potential.
Australian Wine Companion 2004 2003
88
James Halliday (1999 Vintage) says
Medium red; a cedary, spicy, slightly jammy bouquet leads into a palate with a similar range of flavours, appealing in their own way, but lacking density.
Australian Wine Companion 2003 2002
84
James Halliday (1996 Vintage) says
Medium red-purple; a rich and complex bouquet with sweet plummy fruit, hints of game and deftly judged oak. The palate is archetypal Barossa, with sweet plum and mint fruit, soft tannins and a comfortable cocoon of oak.
Australian Wine Companion 1999 1998
90

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