Berton Vineyards Reserve Barossa Shiraz, 2017
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)
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!
|Region||South East Australia|
|Alcohol % by Vol.||14.5%|
|Vegetarian & Vegan||Vegetarian suitable|
|Closure Type||Screw Cap|
|Style||Red - Powerful|
South East Australia
South Eastern Australia is a large zone that encompasses the Victoria, South Australia, New South Wales and Tasmania areas. Wines from the South East region can be made from anywhere within these states. This is a massive stretch of land with diverse growing conditions and ranges in quality.
The reds are generally produced from Shiraz, Grenache, Mourvedre and Cabernet grapes while the whites are made from Chardonnay, Riesling, Vioginer, Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon. This region also produces plenty of blends and unusual pairings.