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Producer: Berton VineyardGrape Varieties: Barbera 58.2%, Shiraz 37.5% and Other 4.3%Optimum Drinking: Within 2 yearsWine Style: Lively red with intense fruitAlcohol by Volume: 14.5%Closure: ScrewcapCountry: Australia
Easy drinking Australian red with some jammy sweet fruit and a hint of mint and pepper on the finish.
It is the simplicity of the fruit, the sheer crunchy gluggable vivacity of the liquid, that first established Australia as everyone's favourite vineyard. It's what we aim for in Broken Shackle. Berton Vineyards is one of our longest-standing producers. Having established his own vineyard in 1996 in South Australia's Eden Valley, after a lot of hard yakka Bob Berton purchased a state-of-the-art winery in Yenda, NSW, in 2007 and now sources fruit in the heart of the Riverina.
2017 was characterised by a late harvest compared to the past eight to 10 years. In the vineyard, flavour ripeness came well before the sugar levels were achieved, so the fruit was picked by parcel based on fruit and seed ripeness, in order to ensure the best possible quality was maintained. The resulting wines are lighter in style but retain excellent varietal characters. Shiraz was picked on 17th March. Standout varieties for the vintage were Shiraz and Merlot.
The vine age is varied, but all vines have been spur pruned and are generally trained on a single wire cordon trellising system. The vines are planted at approximately 1.8 metres apart with 3.6 metres between the rows, to allow machinery access. The soil styles in the vineyards are varied, with each terroir adding its own characteristic to the final wine.
The grapes were fermented in stainless steel vertical fermenters for four to six days at temperatures between 26°C and 30°C on French untoasted and toasted oak chips. When the young wine reached 1° Baumé, it was pressed via screw press into stainless steel storage tanks and left to ferment until dry. It was then racked into stainless steel storage vessels with French oak chips and underwent malolactic fermentation. Once this was complete the wine was clarified via centrifuge into stainless steel storage.
An easy drinking, full-flavoured Australian red with aromas of ripe, sun-kissed plum and red currant over toasty mocha and spicy oak. The palate is full and intense, with notes of rich plum and blueberry underpinned by ripe tannins which impart great structure and length to the palate.
This wine is a great accompaniment for pan seared shellfish, barbequed meats or Rogan Josh.
Shiraz 88%, Merlot 8%, Other Varieties 4%
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