Fruit from the Schrapel vineyards and a close friend and neighbour went into the creation of this wine. The nose displays that magical alchemy of Barossa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon that manages to be both varietal and richly approachable. Crisp blackcurrants, mulberries and freshly shaved pencils typify the nose whilst the dynamic palate holds rich red and black berry fruits within a taught framework of fine grained tannins that fan through a long and perfumed finish. With the structure to age gracefully and the fruit to be enjoyed now the decision to cellar or enjoy now is a difficult one.
The 2014 vintage will be remembered as one of the shortest and fastest we have experienced in years. In spring, near perfect, mild ripening conditions continued through to December/January with below average temperatures. In the second week of January, Bethany Wines recorded 47mm of rainfall at our Barossa Ranges vineyards replenishing soil moisture and setting up the vines for perfect ripening conditions. The warmer weather in February accelerated ripening with vintage starting on 31st January and ending by the first week of March.
In summary the 2014 indicates a great vintage with both above average grape yields and high quality fruit from our old established vineyards.
Fermented on skins in the traditional manner for 6 – 8 days at 20 – 25 degrees with juice being racked from the skins and returned for optimal color and fine tannin extraction. Fermentation was initiated prior to racking into American and French oak barrels for two years to allow fruit and palate structure to develop. This method of winemaking results in a modern style of Cabernet with enough oak to give complexity without overshadowing the wine.
The Cabernet Sauvignon fruit was sourced from the Schrapel family vineyards and neighboring 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.