Established by Bob and Cherie Berton in May 1996. The estate covers 30 hectares of land located on gently rolling hills at 450 metres above sea level, in a subregion of Eden Valley in South Australia. 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 enables Berton Vineyard to produce value for money wines which sit alongside their premium single vineyard offerings.
The 2020-21 season was a perfect contrast with the previous one. While summer 2019- 20 was the second hottest on record, 2020-21 was the coolest in 10 years, due to the influence of a La Niña climate pattern. The cool ripening period led to an elevated natural acidity and good flavour development throughout the red varieties. In most vineyards, crop size was slightly bigger than 2020 across South Eastern Australia.
The age of the vines is varied. The vines are planted approximately 1.8 metres apart with 3.6 metres between the rows to allow machinery access. All vines have been spur pruned and are trellised on a single wire cordon. The loam to clay-loam soils have moderate to high fertility.
The parcels of fruit were fermented in stainless steel static fermenters at temperatures of 27 to 29°C with premium French toasted and untoasted oak. Fermentation lasted four to six days before being pressed at 1° Baume and was left to ferment through to dryness. The wine went through malolactic conversion resulting in a softer expression and was then clarified. Maturation lasted for four months with American oak influence.
This Merlot has a deep youthful colour with expressive aromas of plum, blackberry and violet. The palate has a velvety texture with generous flavours of sour cherries, plum and fragrant herbal notes with a hint of vanilla oak.
Merlot 93%, Shiraz 4%, Cabernet Sauvignon 3%.
New South Wales