I have the 2017 Bethany GR, at the time for around $50. I wasn't planning to drink them for a while. I'm not sure if 17" or 18" was a better year.Ditto
I had Bethany GR Shiraz 2018 that I bought via Vinomofo earlier this year. Missed a mark for me and It went back (thank you VM for an easy return policy).
it exhibited harsh and coarse characteristics, almost astringent overly dry taste in my mouth that led to an abrupt finish. Not sure if I was unlucky to come across a bad bottle, but it definitely wasn’t corked – the cork was in a very good condition (see the photo below).
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The feeling I got was different to a typically young high tannin red wine taste – I doubt it would improve with age.
Also had this Bethany Grenache that Dan Murphy flogged last year for $6 or $9 in that crazy sale, was sub par too.
I do wonder if you got unlucky, it has pretty solid feedback from reviewers via Vivino. I mean I actually read the reviews, most seem from experienced wine drinkers than casuals.
How much wine do people return to VM? I'm curious, simply because it seems very easy to order more than you want and just drink a few bottles and return. A bit try before you buy in a sense. I would never, but unfortunately people do.
I wonder if at some point, they'll change the policy. It's very solid!