Near perfect growing conditions saw many wine critics and producers tout the 2016 Barossa vintage as one of the best in decades. The 2016 Bethany Shiraz is no exception; deep, vibrant red black in colour and showing a wonderful bouquet of dark forest fruits. The plate is elegant yet full flavoured whilst the lingering finish is a delightful blend of varietal fruit, spicy overtones and restrained oak characters.
Picked from hand pruned vines grown along the Barossa foothills this wine displays all the classic characteristics one expects from a premium quality Barossa shiraz.
Great drinking now, although it will benefit from a few years cellaring. Enjoy with grilled steak and fresh field mushrooms or an aged vintage cheddar.
The Shiraz fruit was sourced from the Schrapel family vineyards and neighbouring vineyards in the Barossa foothills. Traditional viticulture practices were applied with the yield from old vines 6.25t/Ha. The vineyards were hand pruned to 70 buds per vine to limit yields.
A wet winter and cool spring replenished soil moisture and left good reserves of groundwater for the dry summer months. A mild summer with cool nights, moderate days and only one short heatwave facilitated good fruit set, and even, disease-free ripening.
An intense seven weeks saw vintage 2012 wrap up on 12 April with the last pick of Shiraz going through the crusher. Cooler conditions led to an excellent growing season with the reds full of density, colour and rich flavour. A vintage to watch.
Fermented on skins in the traditional manner for six days at 15-25 degrees with juice being racked from the skins and returned for optimal colour and fine tannin extraction. Fermentation was initiated prior to racking into French and American oak barrels to allow fruit and palate structure to develop. Matured in French and American oak for two years.
BRONZE – 2015 Decanter World Wine Awards / SILVER – 2015 International Wine & Spirit Competition / BRONZE – 2016 International Wine Challenge
Pack size: 12