In a nutshell:
Intense, ripe black fruit aromas with hints of chocolate, eucalyptus and mint.
Established by Bob and Cherie Berton in May 1996 with 30 hectares of land at 450m above sea level on gently rolling hills in a sub-region of Eden Valley in South Australia, Berton Vineyard has been one of Hallgarten’s most important partners. The superb Reserve Shiraz and Reserve Chardonnay wines are still sourced from this plot. In 2007 Bob purchased the Yenda winery in the heart of the Riverina. This state of the art facility has the capacity to process 20,000 tonnes, and allows Berton Vineyard to produce value for money wines which sit alongside their premium single vineyard offerings.
The grapes, that were picked in late April, were sourced from the prized Terra Rossa region of Coonawarra. Fermented in closed fermenters for 10 days between 25°C and 28°C, the wine was pumped over four times a day. It was then pressed off into stainless steel tanks where it completed its malolactic fermentation in the late autumn. Following this, the wine was racked into French oak barrels with an equal spread of new, 1, 2 and 3 year old oak. The wine was aged fora year during which time it underwent a further racking.
The palate is brimming with crushed blackcurrant fruit flavours enhanced by subtle eucalyptus and mint notes characteristic of this region and is beautifully complemented by elegant French oak notes.
A great accompaniment to fillet steak or roast lamb and roasted vegetables.