Wine of the Season - Bethany
A new label for a long tradition
The settlement of Bethany (or Bethanien in the original German) was established in 1842 and is the first German settlement in the Barossa Valley, hence the name of Bethany's new label: First Village. The beautiful design, based on the 16th century German craft of paper cutting or scherenschnitte, tells the story of this historic Barossa winery, expressing the many stories of the establishment and lives of the Schrapel family in Bethany through the generations.
Bethany First Village Grenache 2017
Opening with bright red cherry and redcurrant fruit on the nose complemented by subtle hints of hibiscus flower and clean red earth, this wine has both freshness and complexity. On the palate there are red berry and orchard fruits and subtle spice characters that are tightly wrapped up in a swathe of powdery tannins, which carry the wine through to a long and balanced finish.
The 2017 Vintage
The 2017 vintage was an overall balanced, cooler vintage in the Barossa with a long ripening period. This long, gentle growing season combined with the natural cooling aspect of the Eastern Ridge of the Barossa Valley allowed Bethany's highly treasured and gnarled Grenache vines that are 50 to 80 years old to produce fruit with wonderful levels of freshness and balance.
378 Bethany Rd, Tanunda, SA
08 8563 2086
Grenache is a delicious match with pizza, especially featuring duck. Pork belly is another great pairing, as are Asian flavours such as lemongrass and soy.