2009 Bethany Old Vine Grenache

Just because it says “Old Vine” on a bottle doesn’t necessarily make it good. This wine is okay but it’s certainly no advert for ‘heritage’ vines. Of course, according to the Barossa charter, you only need 35 years to make it to old age. Makes me feel young actually. The vines from which this is sourced are between 40 and 80 years of age.

Raspberry jelly, tomato bush, damp sods of earth and a hint of something charred. Malted Milk biscuit oak and tea leaf tannin. There’s also some play-doh/lipstick action going on, which I don’t like at all. The price may (just) save it. Average

Region: Barossa
Alcohol: 14.8%
Closure: Screwcap
Price: $20
Tasted: March 2012


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