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Bethany Cabernet-Merlot 2005

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Bethany Wines Pty Ltd:
In 1981 Johann Schrapel's fifth generation descendants Geoff and Robert Schrapel established a winery in a quarry high in the Barossa Ranges, overlooking the family's vineyards and the historic village of Bethany. The family's historic vineyards are key to production of their quality wines. Thirty hectares of vineyard in Bethany are owned by the Schrapels, comprising the Bethanien Block, the O... Read more
In 1981 Johann Schrapel's fifth generation descendants Geoff and Robert Schrapel established a winery in a quarry high in the Barossa Ranges, overlooking the family's vineyards and the historic village of Bethany. The family's historic vineyards are key to production of their quality 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. 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. 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. Read less


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