Bethany First Village Barossa Valley GSM 2021
98 POINT RATED WINESTATE MAGAZINE 95 POINT RATED WINE PILOT OLD VINE GSM FROM VINES AGED UP TO 120 YEARS
- 98 POINT RATED WINESTATE MAGAZINE 2023
- 95 POINT RATED KEN GARGETT WINE PILOT
- 93 POINT RATED DAVE BROOKES JAMES HALLIDAY WINE COMPANION
- 93 POINT RATED SAM KIM WINE ORBIT
- 92 POINT RATED ROBERT PARKER WINE ADVOCATE
The palate has a strong Grenache dominance with spicy and earthy red fruits and aromatic interest holding sway, the supple darker fruits of the Shiraz add real weight and texture to the mid palate and the finish while the Mataro brings a super lifted aromatic intensity of blue fruits and incense. Tannins are supple and generously structured and give length, ageability and freshness to the finish.
98 Point Rated - Winestate Magazine 2023
"Spicy perfumed red fruit bouquet with suggestion of tarry/cola elements. Bright beautifully balanced palate generous with solid fruit flavours."
95 Point Rated - Ken Gargett Wine Pilot
"The First Village Collection includes a fabulous Eden Valley Riesling, a delicious crisp Rosé and this red blend – and being the Barossa, no surprise that for me, the pick of the litter is this cracking GSM. Love it. And what value! The parcels come from Estate vineyards and some neighbouring ones. Fermentation was by way of whole berries with varying periods of skin contact, lasting between one and two weeks, with twice daily pumpovers. There was a small portion of whole bunches also included. Maturation took place in a mix of older oak and stainless steel tanks for nine months. Deep purple hue, the wine opens with a cracking rich, ripe Barossa nose. Notes of chocolate, cassis, coffee beans, mocha, florals and blackcurrants. A soft and supple texture with a flick of acidity carrying the wine to its persistent and lingering finish supported by cashmere-like tannins. Drink now for five years, though it will go longer if you must."
93 Point Rated - Dave Brookes James Halliday Wine Companion
"A cracking GSM from the crew at Bethany featuring ripe plum and boysenberry fruits with hints of spice, ginger cake, cola, licorice, frangipani, dried orange rind, earth and charcuterie. Airy and fruit-sweet yet savoury and vivid with a fine, powdery tannin grip. Great, enjoyable drinking."
93 Point Rated - Sam Kim Wine Orbit
"Youthfully expressed and fragrant, the bouquet shows dark plum, spiced cherry, smoked game and roasted nut aromas on the nose, followed by a flavoursome palate offering succulent fruit flavours and plump mouthfeel. Upfront and fabulously drinkable. At its best: now to 2030. $29.00."
92 Point Rated - Robert Parker Wine Advocate
"I think, when you buy a GSM, you want something just like this 2021 First Village GSM. It is sweet enough to give immediate pleasure, but the sweet side of the fruit is tempered by a spicy, slightly meaty side, and then in the final coup de grâce, the tannins shape the wine and form a malleable, chewy shell. It is vibrant, earthy and concentrated. Really, really great."
Barossa Valley Wine Show 2022
2021 provided us with exceptional conditions for growing high quality grapes. It was one of those years that had a little bit of everything but not too much of anything. We had good winter and spring rains with total rainfall for 2020 being right on the money for a normal average Barossa year (around 450-500mm). This lead to good fruiting conditions and a much more balanced yield than previous, drier years. The growing season then proceeded to give some nice warm conditions but never any of those potentially worrying heat events. Critically, the evening and night temperatures were always on the cooler side.
Barossa Valley, South Australia
|Grape Variety:||Grenache Shiraz|
|Cellaring:||Drink now or cellar short term|