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View details Bethany Shiraz
$ 27.99 Bethany Shiraz
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Shiraz / Barossa / SouthAustralia
From vines up to forty years of age grown to the Schrapel Vineyards, with the inclusion of parcels from neighbour's blocks in the Barossa foothills. The cornerstone wine of the Schrapel family reds, in a style which has made Barossa famous for Shiraz the world over. Parcels of perfectly ripened grapes are treated to traditional old world techniques which date back to early settlement, followed by extended maturation in fine oak. Decant for three hours then savour the spiced fruit aromas and plush plum palate alongside roast or steak.
 
View details Bethany Semillon
$ 19.99 Bethany Semillon
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Semillon / Barossa / SouthAustralia
Barossa makes magic Semillon. The Schrapel family had the foresight to sow Semillon vines long ago, the quality of fruit that grows from these old plantings is now outstanding. Eighteen days of ferment are followed by a course of lees stirring battonage and partial exposure to oak for added splendour. Grapefruit, apples and pears to the bouquet, the palate flows with delicate flavours, gooseberries, lemon and lime. Like all Semillon, Bethany affords the opportunity to experience a growing complexity of remarkable richness as the wine continues to evolve.
 
View details Bethany Old Vine Grenache
$ 19.99 Bethany Old Vine Grenache
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Grenache / Barossa / SouthAustralia
Grenache is picked very late in the season at optimal ripeness, off three very precious blocks, fifty to ninety years of age on the Schrapel family vineyards. These gnarled old plantings yield grapes of striking intensity, power and beauty, treated to a minimalist vinification, to capture and retain the spectacular quality of fruit within the bottle. A seductively redolent nose of black cherries, hibiscus flowers and cacao, followed by a feminine palate of wild strawberries and dark spice over a seamless tapestry of fine grained tannins.
 
View details Bethany LE Shiraz
$ 47.99 Bethany LE Shiraz
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Shiraz / Barossa / SouthAustralia
Lawrence and Edna Schrapel toiled away in the vineyards along Bethany Road in Tanunda, establishing one of the great marques in Barossa foothills Shiraz. The work remains very hands on, the choicest parcels are set aside for a course of traditional open ferments, malolactic and pressing to a slection of exclusively new French oak barrels for a year's maturation. Its big, vibrant bouquet of fragrant wild berries, oake clove and spice, precede an opulent palate of blueberries, bramble and plum, supported fine grain tannins and juicy fruit acidity.
 
View details Bethany GR13 Shiraz Reserve 2012
$ 79.99 Bethany GR13 Shiraz Reserve 2012
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Shiraz / Barossa / SouthAustralia
Bethany's Reserves are wines of evolution rather than creation. GR has achieved the prestigious Trust Mark as one of the Barossa's most eminent Shiraz, but it's not every year that one is made. Parcels of the most exquisite grapes are picked from splendid sites and treated to an exacting vinification. With each vintage, harvests are assessed and a decision is made to determine if there is a parcel of GR quality. A formidable, full bodied classic with an enormous palate and undeniable ageing potential, only a few hundred cases are ever bottled.
 
View details Bethany GR12 Shiraz Reserve
$ 79.99 Bethany GR12 Shiraz Reserve
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Shiraz / Barossa / SouthAustralia
Every year, there was a single parcel which kept attracting the attention of Bethany winemakers. The fruit of a small property, less than five acres at the foothills of Barossa ranges, planted to vine sixty years of age, grown to classic Barossa red brown earths overlaying limestone. The small yields here deliver small berries with the most extraordinary flavour, whilst the breezes around the foothills ensure a gradual ripening of the finest tannins. Parcels that are worthy of inclusion are treated to a separate vinification and matured in the finest oak hogsheads.
 
View details Bethany Cabernet Sauvignon
$ 27.99 Bethany Cabernet Sauvignon
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CabernetSauv / Barossa / SouthAustralia
An assemblage of parcels off the Schrapel estate property and a close neighbour's vineyard, coalescing into the magical alchemy between the Barossa Valley and Cabernet Sauvignon, so eloquently varietal yet beguilingly approachable. Fruit is fermented on skins for optimal extractions, rack and returned before pressing into American and French oak barrels for an extravagant two years maturation. Blackcurrants, mulberries and pencil shaves before a gentle black fruits palate, its taught framework of fine grained tannins resolve on a long, perfumed finish.
 
View details Bethany Cabernet Merlot
$ 25.99 Bethany Cabernet Merlot
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CabernetSauv Merlot / Barossa / SouthAustralia
Cabernet and Merlot are sourced from the Schrapel family vineyards at Bethany and neighbouring sites along the Barossa foothills. The Bethany property is replete with vines, decades old, which are very low yielding and produce fruit of great intensity and flavour. The special microclimate of the foothills is reflected in the bright, dark cherry colour, enticingly fragrant aroma and full flavoured, harmonious palate. The powerful structure of Cabernet is complemented by the suppleness of Merlot, a style which can be enjoyed fully whilst young.
 
Johann Gottlob Schrapel and his family arrived in South Australia from Silesia on the ship George Washington in 1844, just eight years after the colony was settled

Like many of their fellow Germanic migrants they made their way by ox cart to Bethany, the Barossa Valley’s first settlement, where they established a home and cleared the land to grow crops and graze animals. The Schrapels planted their first vineyard in 1852 from cuttings carefully nursed from Europe. A wine cellar was also built, but despite Johann’s reputation as an early colonial winemaker, the family concentrated on grape growing rather than winemaking for the next four generations. More than a century later in 1981, Johann’s fifth generation descendants, brothers Geoff and Robert Schrapel, established Bethany Wines in a quarry, where the pioneers had hewn stone for their homes, high in the Barossa Ranges overlooking the family’s vineyards and the historic village of Bethany.

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The early 1980s were tough times for Barossa grapegrowers. A red wine boom was followed by a glut and, as grape prices fell below production cost, the State Government encouraged growers to pull out their old Shiraz and Grenache vines. Instead, the Schrapels chose to establish a tradition of winemaking from this undervalued yet irreplaceable resource of old vineyards. Gradually their reputation grew.

Now a vibrant family wine company, Bethany Wines employs many people and plays a significant role in the Barossa community. Geoff and Robert’s vision was to create a Barossa wine experience and in doing so, improve the quality of life for their customers, friends and family. In this they have succeeded. Their aim is to live well, provide for their children, care for the land and hand the winery and vineyards to the next generation in a better position than when they started.

The family's historic vineyards are the key to production of theiquality wines. Thirty hectares of vineyard in Bethany are owned by the Schrapels, comprising the Bethanien Block, the Old Manse Block and the Homestead Block. A range of varieties are grown from Chardonnay, Riesling and Semillon to Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Grenache. The age of their vines ranges from 15 to 80 years. The old vines require traditional management of hand pruning and harvesting, while the newer plantings are managed with modern viticultural techniques such as close planting, high trellises and canopy control.

Geoff and Robert look for maximum expression of fruit flavour in their wines and pay particular attention to the careful handling of grapes at vintage. The use of chemicals is minimised in grape growing and wine is made in small lots to maximise variations in fruit flavour and ripeness which contribute complexity to the wines; wines which are the most natural expression of their unique Barossa terroir.

During the last two decades Bethany Wines has won acclaim at Australian and international wine shows and consumer tastings for its hand-made, fruit driven wines. The greatest natural advantage the Schrapels have is the fruit which comes from the family's carefully tended vineyards. Their thirty hectares of vineyard in Bethany, comprising the Bethanien Block, the Old Manse block and the Homestead Block are fanned during summer evenings with cooling gully breezes, creating a special microclimate which allows the grapes to achieve good sugar and acid levels without becoming over-ripe. It takes a long time to know a vineyard. At Bethany these vines can live for four or five generations. The special understanding of how to grow grapes on the unique Bethany clay soils has taken many years for the Schrapel descendants to master.

The idyllicly gradual ripening conditions create well balanced wines with flavour and structure. The life cycle of the vineyard continues in much the same way as it always has, with minimal intervention to produce the best possible grapes and wines. Bethany also leases a further seven hectares of vineyard in the Trial Hill area in the high country of the Barossa Valley which contributes added elegance and complexity to their wines.

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