Berton Vineyards

Berton Vineyards

Berton Vineyards was established in 1996 by Bob and Cherie Berton when they purchased a block of land in High Eden, a subregion of the Barossa Valley, South Australia. This idyllic property sits 450m above sea level on gently rolling hills - except for the Chardonnay block which is anything but gentle!

Bob and Cherie set about planting the first Berton Vineyard cuttings that spring - ten acres of Shiraz and seven acres of Chardonnay - without any permanent water - it wasn't until the following year, in 1998 when the dam filled that the vines got a decent drink!! It was due to these conditions and the seemingly hydrophobic podsolic soils that the vines struggled to become established. After a few years where the vines still looked like rootlings, a Swedish friend jokingly called it the bonsai vineyard - and the name stuck and later became the name of their premium Shiraz. High Eden has a high annual rainfall so the vines are looking good these days... but they still remember the early days every time they crack open a bottle of Bonsai! After the dam was established and water plentiful they went on to plant Cabernet sauvignon and Sauvignon Blanc.

In 2005 the decision was made to purchase a winery to process the 1000 odd tonnes that was produced at the High Eden Vineyard. In 2005 when the former Southcorp winery in Yenda became available, Bob and Cherie joined with Jamie Bennett, Paul Bartholomaeus and James Ceccato to form Berton Vineyards the company. The winery was purchased and the guys moved to their new home in November 2005. For the next few months they were kept busy buying up fruit and arranging contact crushing for the 2006 vintage. In January 2006 the first grapes rolled across the weighbridge, and so began the scariest vintage they have all experienced! With very few staff they managed to crush and process 13,000 tonnes. Thankfully life at the winery has become easier since then!

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  1. Berton Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Metal Label, 2017

    A lovely red that presents fine velvety tannins which go perfectly with the intense palate of ripe blackberries and blackcurrant jam. Its complexity and depth persist to a long flavour-some finish with just a touch of vanillin oak.

    Gold Medal: China Wine & Spirits Awards (2015 vintage)

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  2. Berton Vineyards Reserve Barossa Shiraz, 2016
    Rating:
    100% of 100

    Barossa Shiraz is the benchmark for Australian red wines with the most famous of them, Penfolds Grange, using the large proportions of the variety from this area.

    The Berton Reserve Shiraz is the darkest red but with a youthful and vibrant garnet hue. The aromas are powerful and complex with a wealth of fruit ranging from ripe black cherries and blackberries with hints of eucalyptus and spice. The rich and full palate displays soft flavours of plums, mulberry and hints of vanilla and blackberry, underpinned by vanillin oak and defined by exciting spicy tannins.

    A fragrant bouquet of creamy Christmas cake leads into a multi-faceted palate of black fruit, prune, spice and a savoury undercurrent with affably dry, chalky notes. Bursting with quality. Decanter Best Value Red Rhone Varietals (2015 vintage)

     

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  3. Berton Vineyards Reserve Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon, 2016

    Coonawarra is renowned for producing world class red wines especially Cabernet Sauvignon which is why Berton selected a parcel of grapes from this region for their best Cabernet. The combination of warm days with off-shore breezes, rich red loam over well-draining limestone gives the foundation for Coonawarra’s justified reputation.

    If you enjoy rich, concentrated wines with blackberry, cassis and light toasty oak notes that combine to give a long persistent finish then this is the wine for you.

    **Look out for the 2014 vintage that came in a number one with a score of 96 in Decanter Magazine Top 35 New World Cabernets. (March 2017)**

    "Really approachable, excellent, reaching a real crescendo. Pure ripe fruit, menthol, cassis and coffee, tannins, all in perfect balance." The Wine Merchant Top 100 (2014 vintage)

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  4. Berton Vineyards High Eden Cabernet Sauvignon, 2016

    From the relatively newly registered sub-region (High Eden) in the Eden Valley, Barossa, comes this stunning Cabernet from Berton Vineyards. This unspoilt area has a cool climate, high winds, low growing-season rainfall and relatively poor soils, not terribly appealing to us but perfect for the vines. The resulting grape harvest is low yield, further intensifying the fruit. The palate is intense and complex with ripe blackberry and cherry. Fine velvet tannins marry with vanillin coffee oak to create complexity and depth that persists to a long and flavoursome finish.

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  5. Berton Vineyards Bonsai Shiraz Cabernet, 2016

    Berton use the grapes grown in their original Eden Valley vineyards to use in their flagship wines of which the Bonsai Shiraz Cabernet is one. So named, as the poor soil that is the success story behind this wine restricted growth to tiny rootling’s even after five years.

    Open a bottle and you’ll find blackcurrant, plums and licorice on the nose and on the palate soft tannins and sweet toasty oak combine with ripe plum and black cherry.

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