The Chateau Single Vineyard Bethanian Shiraz 2019
Tasting Notes

From our estate vineyard on the sandy loam soils on Bethany creek. Settled by German immigrants in the 1840s, Bethany, or ‘Bethanian’ as the locals called it is the oldest settlement in the Barossa.

Lifted aromas of blackberry, blueberry and black pepper supported by spicy, dark berry fruits on the palate. The extensive finish is framed by elegant, fine-grained tannins from maturation in a combination of new and seasoned American and French oak.

Winemaking

The grapes are carefully destemmed and spend seven days on their skins prior to fermentation in open fermenters to gently extract colour, flavours and tannins. 

One single pressing of the grapes in a basket press and maturation in a combination of French and American oak barrels results in a sumptuous wine of dark fruits of the forest supported by a hint of spice and fine grained tannins on the long lasting finish.

The grapes for the Bethanian Shiraz are grown on the sandy loam soils of the Bethany sub-region of the Barossa Valley.

Reviews
92 Points
Review by: Aaron Brasher, Huon Hooke's The Real Review
Lifted aromatics of dark plum, chocolate, black cherry, sweet spicy oak and a touch of eucalyptus. Rich and expansive on the palate, there's a dark-fruited drive, some choc-coffee elements and round tannins. A generously flavoured, round and slurpy kind of shiraz. Best drinking: 2021-2031
92 Points
Review by: Aaron Brasher, The Real Review
Aromas of dark plums, mulberry, mocha, graphite and a touch of charry oak, all dark and brooding here. Full-flavoured, stewed plums, dark cherry, choc-mint and spice; big flavours, but the tannins are firm and sculpted and give drive, length and structure.
GOLD MEDAL
Review by: Berlin Wine Trophy 2021
93 Points
Review by: Ken Gargett, Wine Pilot
Another single vineyard wine, this time from Vine Vale. Basket pressing gives over to 18 months of maturation in French oak. The end result is a cracking wine, which represents fabulous value. An opaque black/purple, this is a ripe, rich, soft, quintessential Barossa Shiraz. Load up! Chocolate, plums, spices, blackberries and tobacco leaf, this is already hinting at the complexity to follow. Well crafted, with good focus and abundant, reasonably fine tannins, the intensity is maintained throughout the very long finish. A lovely chocolatey note emerges at the end. A wine which is a joy now, but has serious potential.Drink: 2021-2031

 

Chateau Bethanian
Tasting Notes

From our estate vineyard on the sandy loam soils on Bethany creek. Settled by German immigrants in the 1840s, Bethany, or ‘Bethanian’ as the locals called it is the oldest settlement in the Barossa.

Lifted aromas of blackberry, blueberry and black pepper supported by spicy, dark berry fruits on the palate. The extensive finish is framed by elegant, fine-grained tannins from maturation in a combination of new and seasoned American and French oak.

Winemaking

The grapes are carefully destemmed and spend seven days on their skins prior to fermentation in open fermenters to gently extract colour, flavours and tannins. 

One single pressing of the grapes in a basket press and maturation in a combination of French and American oak barrels results in a sumptuous wine of dark fruits of the forest supported by a hint of spice and fine grained tannins on the long lasting finish.

The grapes for the Bethanian Shiraz are grown on the sandy loam soils of the Bethany sub-region of the Barossa Valley.

Reviews
92 Points
Review by: Aaron Brasher, Huon Hooke's The Real Review
Lifted aromatics of dark plum, chocolate, black cherry, sweet spicy oak and a touch of eucalyptus. Rich and expansive on the palate, there's a dark-fruited drive, some choc-coffee elements and round tannins. A generously flavoured, round and slurpy kind of shiraz. Best drinking: 2021-2031

92 Points

Score: 92 Points
Review by: Aaron Brasher, The Real Review
Aromas of dark plums, mulberry, mocha, graphite and a touch of charry oak, all dark and brooding here. Full-flavoured, stewed plums, dark cherry, choc-mint and spice; big flavours, but the tannins are firm and sculpted and give drive, length and structure.

GOLD MEDAL

Score: GOLD MEDAL
Review by: Berlin Wine Trophy 2021

93 Points

Score: 93 Points
Review by: Ken Gargett, Wine Pilot
Another single vineyard wine, this time from Vine Vale. Basket pressing gives over to 18 months of maturation in French oak. The end result is a cracking wine, which represents fabulous value. An opaque black/purple, this is a ripe, rich, soft, quintessential Barossa Shiraz. Load up! Chocolate, plums, spices, blackberries and tobacco leaf, this is already hinting at the complexity to follow. Well crafted, with good focus and abundant, reasonably fine tannins, the intensity is maintained throughout the very long finish. A lovely chocolatey note emerges at the end. A wine which is a joy now, but has serious potential.Drink: 2021-2031

 

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