Chairman of Judges, Matt Harrop was full of praise for the Grenache class describing the top wines “as showing concentration and balance between fragrance and poise. Stylistically diverse, the top wines were world class.”

 Tania Schrapel, Sales & Marketing Manager responded “It is wonderful and humbling to receive such great acclaim for our Grenache, it has always held a special place in our heart at Bethany. Grenache was one of the first varieties planted on Geoff and Robert’s family vineyards by our ancestors over 100 years ago. It takes a long time to know a vineyard; we like to think that after being lovingly tended by four generations these ancient vines are really showing what they can do.

 It is often said the greatest wines begin in the vineyard and Winemaker Alex MacClelland couldn’t agree more saying; “at Bethany we are blessed with unique and treasured blocks of Grenache planted along the eastern ridge of the Barossa Ranges.

“This Grenache is really a vineyard story – showcasing the exceptional quality of fruit from our Manse, Bethanien and Homestead blocks. These vines range from between 50 and over 100 years old, and each block brings its own special characters to the final wine. Our Manse vineyard is planted in sandy soils, which the Grenache vines just love. This fruit brings with it a lifted, floral profile, while the fruit from Bethanien and Homestead bring the darker, more structured characters. It’s the blend and balance between these where you find the magic, and we couldn’t be prouder of how we have achieved this in the 2016 vintage.”

 Geoff & Robert Schrapel are delighted; “What a terrific result for Bethany Wines, especially at the Barossa Wine Show surrounded by our friends and esteemed colleagues. We’ve always loved our Old Vine Grenache, and now we have three very good reasons to love it even more.”