2014 Bethany Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Barossa Valley (Previously $30)

SKU #1333074 Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 All of the Bethany releases have lower-than-typical (for Barossa) alcohol levels, including the 2014 Shiraz, which weighs in at a reasonable 13.9% alcohol. Perhaps as a result, it's heavily skewed toward red-fruit flavors, with hints of cranberries, red currants and raspberries. Medium-bodied, cool, streamlined and fresh, it's a solid effort that would probably look a lot better with food than in a lineup of bigger, riper, richer wines. (JC)  (8/2018)

Wine & Spirits

 There’s a gentle side to this shiraz, a soft texture that holds its concentrated black cherry flavor. And there’s a gamey side, with black olive and bloody notes that play into its oak. Give it a year or two to integrate.  (2/2018)

Wine Spectator

 Savory notes linger on the edges of this red, with a toasty, chicory overtone to the cola and plum core. The tannins provide some traction on the finish. Drink now. (MW, Web Only-2018)

K&L Notes

From the winery: "Fruit from the Schrapel vineyards and a close friend and neighbour went into the creation of this wine. The lifted nose has classic Barossa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon notes of blackberries, mulberries and freshly shaved pencils whilst the palate holds rich red and black berry fruits within a taut medium bodied framework of fine grained tannins that fan through a long and structured finish. Well balanced and with the structure to age gracefully and the fruit to be enjoyed now the decision to cellar or enjoy now is a difficult one."

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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the Médoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.


- While it is true that the greatest strides in Australian winemaking have come in the last 30 years or so, commercial viticulture began as early as the 1820s and has developed uninterrupted ever since. The majority of the great wine regions are in the southeastern area of the continent, including Barossa Valley, Clare Valley, McLaren Vale, and Coonawarra in South Australia; Yarra Yarra Valley and Pyrenees in Victoria; and the Upper and Lower Hunter Valleys in New South Wales. Many of the wines from Southeastern Australia are based on Shiraz or Cabernet Sauvignon and various blends including Grenache and Mourvedre. In Western Australia, along the Margaret River, great strides are being made with Pinot Noir as well as Bordeaux-styled reds. There are also many world-class releases of Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc from the land Down Under, where Riesling also enjoys international acclaim. While many equate Aussie wines with “value,” there are more than a few extremely rare and pricey options, which never fail to earn the highest ratings from wine publications and critics throughout the world.

South Australia

Specific Appellation:

Barossa Valley