Made from grapes grown on the eastern ridge of the Barossa by the Schrapel Family. This youthful medium bodied wine smells of ripe cherries, florals and plums.
It is a very natural, elegant style with floral cherry characters, blackberries and plums on the palate. The finish is soft with a restrained tannin structure and balanced toasty oak notes.
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 and concentrate aromatics and flavour profile.
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.
The fruit was crushed, de stemmed and left on skins in open top fermenters for eight days at a controlled temperature of 15-18 degrees.
The juice was then racked and pumped over the skin cap for optimal colour and fine tannin extraction. Once the primary fermentation was completed the juice was pressed and left to settle to complete secondary fermentation before being transferred into older French oak barrels for maturation.
The Shiraz fruit was sourced from the Schrapel family vineyards planted along the eastern ridge of the Barossa foothills.