The winter of 2016 was wet at 143% of average, Spring too was
wet at 198% of average and even December was wetter than
average. The growing season was then cool (December) to
average (January) with brief periods of rain in January to keep
the vines refreshed. Being a cooler vintage in the Eden Valley
with a long ripening period this led to Shiraz having an long and
balanced maturation period leading to fully ripe fruit flavours
with an underlying balance and elegance.
Picked in the early morning, the fruit for this wine was crushed to fermenter with a proportion of whole berries to maximise fruit expression. After a gentle fermentation on skins for 8-10 days with twice daily pump overs the wine was pressed to combination of new and seasoned French oak before resting for its 18-month maturation.
Purple with bright crimson highlights. Pure and lifted aromatics of blackberry, dried herbs and olive tapenade make a compelling and layered nose. The palate displays a balance of rich, pure fruit expression along with fine grained tannins that build a strong supporting framework. Savoury and nuanced flavours of clove and biscuit spice mingle through the fruit and add length and complexity to the finish.
In 1981, fifth generation brothers Robert and Geoff established Bethany Wines. They built a winery in the quarry where the early pioneers had hewn stone for their homes. They crushed 2 tonnes of Shiraz and Riesling, launching the next chapter of the Schrapel wine story.
The early 1980s were tough for Barossa grape growers. A glut followed a red wine boom and grape prices fell below production cost. The State Government wanted growers to pull out old Shiraz and Grenache vines. They encouraged growers to plant new varieties or leave the industry.
Fortunately, the brothers chose to establish a tradition of winemaking from this undervalued yet irreplaceable resource of old vineyards.
Almost 40 years on they are a vibrant family company that plays a significant role in the Barossa community.
Tania Schrapel continues the legacy of the business, sharing the same passion for the vineyards, for crafting fine wines, and for the future working alongside her father, Geoff and Uncle, Robert.
JAMES HALLIDAY - HALLIDAY'S WINE COMPANION
Sourced predominantly from a single Eden Valley vineyard. This is a slightly bolder version of the GR Reserve, but has been vinified with restraint from start to finish, part crushed and part whole berry fermentation, matured in French and American oak, (38% new) for 18 months.