2015 Bethany Estate Old Vine Grenache is one of the prized treasures of the Barossa and a much loved variety for Bethany Wines. The grapes for this wine are sourced from three Grenache blocks within the Schrapel family vineyards with vines aged from 50 to over 90 years old. In a spectacular vintage such as 2016, these gnarled old vines produce grapes of intensity, power and beauty and we strive to capture those qualities in this bottle. With a color and nose redolent of dark cherries and hibiscus flowers this wine is immediately seductive. The palate has cherries, wild strawberries and dark spices that intermingle with fine grained tannins to produce a wine with a long finish of spice and cacao.
2015 was one of the best Grenache vintages of the past decade. The warm but not excessively hot growing season provided perfect conditions to control vigour and crop sizes whilst avoiding any potentially damaging heat stress. This lead to fruit with excellent flavour profile, well ripened tannin structure and exceptional color. Aromatically (such an important element of Grenache) the wines were bright and fresh with real exuberance.
Grapes were crushed and destemmed immediately after the morning harvest. Fermentation on skins using a selected yeast type occurred for 8-9 days at 20-25 degrees to maximise colour and flavour extraction. The Grenache was matured in French oak for one year to balance tannin structure with red fruit flavour.
The Grenache fruit is sourced from very low yielding old bush vines which are hand pruned to 50-60 buds per vine. These old vines are grown on their own roots rather than grafted rootstock, naturally limiting the canopy growth and allowing for better fruit exposure to sunlight.
This exposure ensures even ripening of the grapes with enhanced fruit flavour esters and colour ripeness. The fruit is hand picked very late in the season at optimal ripeness.