Bethany GR Barossa Valley Shiraz 2017
Sourced from a small vineyard of less than 5 acres in the foothills of the Barossa Ranges, this rich, intense wine instantly speaks of its Barossan roots. The aromastic intensity immediately impresses with opulent black plum, blackberry and macerated cherry fruits jumping from the glass. The ripe, lush fruit is underscored by a layer of deep, resonant spice along with hints of blueberry danish, turned earth, licorice, dark chocolate, clove and spicy oak nuance. Oak certainly plays a role in this wine (70% new French and American oak) but the gorgeous fruit sucks it up beautifully. It’s full-bodied with a curtain of super-ripe grainy tannin providing ample support and there is a lovely cadence and flow across the palate thanks to the impressive fruit weight and the seam of bright acidity. It is generous, plush and just lovely to drink now but its structure bodes very well for an extended life in the cellar. A very impressive, classically structured Barossan beauty. Purchase the wine here.