First Village

First Village Cabernet Merlot 2020

Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and a touch of Cabernet Franc is a classic blend so enjoyed by wine lovers all over the world. The fruit for this wine was predominantly sourced from estate grown vineyards in the village of Bethany, the heart of Bethany Wines. The resulting wine shows bright fruit characters combined with a fresh and persistent framework of fine grained tannins. It demonstrates the finesses and elegance possible with grapes grown on the Eastern edge of the Barossa Ranges.


2020 was a year of significantly reduced yield in the Barossa in general and specifically at Bethany. This was partly due to a hot, dry December and early- mid-January which was similar to 2019. Careful soil moisture monitoring was beneficial in allowing Bethany to manage soil moisture in the most efficient way possible. The major impact on the reduced yield was the highly variable temperatures and weather conditions in spring 2019. The resulting crop was very small even by recent low yield standards but critically the quality was very high with good natural acidity, excellent colour and tannin structure leading to some magnificent wines.

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