30 years of Bethany white port: Old Quarry FrontiBethany Wines
This month we are pleased to release a memorial item, 'Rare Grand Muscat', commemorating 30 years since the first release of our famous white port.
The Rare Grand Muscat is sourced from a single oak barrel with an average age of 18 years while the Old Quarry Fronti is aged for 8 years on average. Each bottle of the Rare Grand Muscat is individually numbered, with only 600 bottles released. Fruit from low yielding muscat a petit blanc and muscadelle bush vines is given extended maturation in small oak casks to craft an indulgent and opulant palate.
The colour is dark amber, and on the nose it displays stewed fig and orange marmalade and roasted almond. It has a very smooth pure honey like mouthfeel and go onto preserved apple, apricot, cream caramel followed by a lingering pleasant sweet aftertaste.
Hisotory of our Old Quarry Fronti
Our beloved white port was born in 1985 three years after Bethany Wines was founded. The Barossa was well known in earlier years for its fortified wines and the older plantings reflect their popularity in that era. Bethany Wines boasts more than 160 years’ winemaking history.
As we have been involved in grapes and wine for such a long time, Bethany Wines has some of the oldest grape vines grown for port wine in the Barossa. The vines are trained on a single wire, hand pruned in the winter and the grapes are hand-picked late in the season as the vine’s leaves are turning their autumn colours. Due to their age, the vines are very low yielding and this adds to the exceptional intensity of flavours.
The Old Quarry Fronti is made from three unique grape varieties only grown for the white port namely Muscadelle, Muscat a Petit Blanc and Pedro Ximenez. Those made in the early days have been sitting in the cellar of its big fans for decades.