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Bethany Road, Bethany via Tanunda 5352

Cellar Door: Mon - Sat (10 - 5), Sun (1 - 5)

Ph: (08) 8563 2086

Bethany wines from Kangaroo Island region

Bethany cellar door is made out of rocks from the nearby quarry

Bethany Wines was established in 1977 on a hill overlooking the hamlet of Bethany, the earliest European settlement in the Barossa Valley.

The nearby quarry provided the stones that make up Chateau Tanunda.

The Schaprel family who run the winery have been involved in wine-making for over 140 years. They have expanded with vineyards in the Eden Valley and Kangaroo Island.

Like many Barossa vineyards the best wines are the lush Shirazes although the cool climate Kangaroo Island Sauvignon Blanc and Shiraz are now showing real promise. Their super-premium is the Grio Shiraz. There is a new Gen 6 range in a drink now style.

Tasting Notes

There are three types of Tasting notes:

(W) Notes from the winery (blurbs from bottle)

(GXY) Notes from a GenXY wine reviewer

(G) Notes from GenXY's Tasting events (collective opinions)

Bethany Chardonnay 2015

Purchased: Not ($24)

Drink: 2020

(GXY) Tasting: July 2017, partial barrel ferment, mainly Barossa with some Eden Valley fruit, fragrant lime, lemon sherbet, honeydew melon and yellow peach, some savoury lees complexity with spicy French oak support, fine phenolics (***1/2)

Bethany Creek Shiraz 2014

Purchased: Not ($35)

Drink: 2020

(GXY) Tasting: July 2017, lifted nose with ripe blackberry, red fruit and plum with violet, herb and pepper notes, medium bodied and earthy, good line but not very long, restrained toasty and spicy French and American oak (***1/2)

Bethany Old Quarry White Fronti NV

Purchased: Not ($23)

Drink: 2014

(GXY) Tasting: July 2013, uses the Barossa’s old school white fortified varieties (Muscadelle, Muscat a petits Grains and Pedro Ximenez), rich range of raisens, caramel, nougat and x-mas cake flavours with orange edged acidity and warming brandy sprit (18.5%), this style used to be called ‘white port’ and sits somewhere between sweeter sherry styles and fortified muscats (although not as intense as Rutherglen’s fortified brown muscats) (****)

Bethany Chardonnay 2010

Purchased: Not ($20)

Drink: 2015

(GXY) Tasting: May 2012, a lively and crisp mix of Eden Valley and Barossa fruit, partial barrel ferment and malo, quite taut and linear showing lime sorbet, peach and honeydew melon framed around a spine of zesty grapefruit acidity, some savoury lees nuances, finely grained phenolics with spicy and toasty new and one year French oak, flavour profile is a little different but has plenty of drive (****)

Bethany Barossa Shiraz 2008

Purchased: Not ($28)

Drink: 2014

(GXY) Tasting: May 2012, from 25 - 40 year old vines, Bronze Medal at 2009 Royal Melbourne Wine Show 2009, full bodied but slightly forward blackberry jam and smoked meat with liquorice and plenty of peppery spice, graphite and sappy acidity, some uneven ripeness, restrained US and French oak, lots of powdery tannins (***)

Bethany Gen 6 Cabernet Merlot 2008

Purchased: Not ($22)

Drink: 2013

(GXY) Tasting: May 2012, new release, juicy medium bodied blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon and 40% Merlot, smooth blackcurrant and plum with lots of mid-palate pepper with fine tannins, creamy coffee/cedar/cinnamon from the US and French hogsheads, honest drink now BBQ wine (***)

Bethany Cabernet Merlot 2007

Purchased: Not ($28)

Drink: 2013

(GXY) Tasting: June 2010, briary blend of 79% Cabernet and 21% Merlot, spicy cranberry, blueberry and mulberry with a savoury mid-palate, quite a good core of fruit despite its light-medium bodied style, quite unlike the typical Barossa blockbusters this has the elegance of the better Victorian examples (****)

Bethany Shiraz Cabernet 2007

Purchased: Not ($18)

Drink: 2012

(GXY) Tasting: June 2010, also in an atypical leafy and light-medium bodied style, earthy blackberry and blackcurrant with some intense cracked black pepper and flashes of red fruit, soft powdery tannins (***1/2)

Bethany Chardonnay 2008

Purchased: Not ($20)

Drink: 2012

(GXY) Tasting: June 2010, fairly intensely flavoured peach and melon with a bright citrussy Eden Valley component, some creaminess with a rather overt presence of spicy and toasty French oak (***)

Bethany Barossa Riesling 2007

Purchased: Not ($18)

Drink: 2010 or 2015 if you like it toasty

(GXY) Tasting: June 2009, mixture of 68% Barossa Valley and 32% Eden Valley fruit from a drought-affected vintage that was a record early harvest, floral, spicy, tangy and bright lemon juice set in the handsomely chalky textured palate, lingering lime acids on the slaty finish, good line and length despite the challenges (****)

Bethany Barossa Shiraz 2005

Purchased: Not ($28)

Drink: 2011

(GXY) Tasting: June 2009, not quite the finesse of the 2004 but an honest flavoursome Barossa Shiraz showing blackberry and plum with anise, mint, black pepper and brown spice notes, juicy and medium-full bodied with fine dusty tannins (***1/2)

Bethany Shiraz Cabernet 2006

Purchased: Not ($18)

Drink: 2010

(GXY) Tasting: June 2009, 54% Shiraz, 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, ripe and medium bodied blackcurrant and blackberry with some leaf, pepper and mint notes, earthy with soft powdery tannins, quintessential good value Aussie BBQ wine territory (***)

Bethany Barossa Shiraz 2004

Purchased: Not ($26)

Drink: 2016

(GXY) Tasting: June 2008, return to form after the jammy 2003 vintage, nicely defined blackberry and plum, medium-full bodied with black pepper and cinnamon notes, coffee-cedar oak with just a touch of chocolate and mint, fine slightly dusty tannins, good length (****)

Bethany Barossa Cabernet Merlot 2006

Purchased: Not ($30)

Drink: 2014

(GXY) Tasting: June 2008, attractive cassis with cranberry, violet and mulberry nuances, medium bodied with mid-palate spiciness, fine lingering tannins with balanced French and American oak inputs, seems a bit too leafy for a higher score (****)

Bethany Barossa Chardonnay 2004

Purchased: Not ($16)

Drink: 2008

(GXY) Tasting: March 2007, peach, melon and nectarine aromas, the generous and rounded palate is soft with lime and lemon butter flavours, light toasty vanilla oak, it is uncomplicated but works in a rather appealing fashion (****)

Bethany Barossa Semillon 2005

Purchased: Not ($16)

Drink: 2009

(GXY) Tasting: March 2007, delicate but tangy melon and lime with subtle cumquat notes, herbal and spice notes on soft and rounded mid-palate, crisp finish supported by light charry vanilla oak (***1/2)

Bethany Barossa Cabernet Franc Rose 2005

Purchased: Not ($18)

Drink: 2007

(GXY) Tasting: March 2007, raspberry, blackcurrant and red cherry and dark chocolate, semi-sweet but balanced with dry herbally finish and brisk acid (***1/2)

Bethany Old Quarry Tawny NV

Purchased: Not ($18)

Drink: 2008

(GXY) Tasting: March 2007, from Shiraz and Grenache, fruit cake, raisins with expected caramel and rancio features, clean spirit and good intensity, 18.5% (***1/2)

Bethany Barossa Steinbruch Riesling 2006

Purchased: Not ($14)

Drink: 2007

(GXY) Tasting: March 2007, shameless sweet entry style, lychee and sweet apple with a touch of rose petals, dry brown lime finish (***)

Bethany Barossa Shiraz 2003

Purchased: Not ($25)

Drink: 2009

(GXY) Tasting: March 2007, quite lush but showing the hot vintage jamminess with prune, plum and blackberry aromas, savoury medium-full

Bethany Barossa Grenache 2004

Purchased: King and Godfreys, Carlton, Vic ($17)

Drink: 2008

(GXY) Tasting: June 2006, made from old vines, soft easy drinking style, sweet Grenache nose with raspberry and vanilla flavours, light-medium bodied palate, sweet and savoury, acidic finish but necessary to balance the forward sweetness (***)

Bethany Barossa Cabernet Merlot 2002

(W) Includes a touch of Cabernet Franc, garnet colour, plum and cassis flavours, mouth feel is medium bodied with elegant fruit flavours, well balanced finish displays restrained acid and oak characters and lingering fruit flavours

Purchased: Safeways, St. Kilda, Vic ($16)

Drink: 2008

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2005, pleasant but simple plum and cassis and menthol with a subtle touch of oak, some mid-palate pepper but has a bit of a thin finish (***)