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Producer: Berton VineyardGrape Varieties: 100% ShirazOptimum Drinking: Within 4 yearsWine Style: Warm rich redAlcohol by Volume: 14.5%Country: Australia
Established by Bob & Cherie Berton in May 1996 with 75 acres. The heart of Berton Vineyards is their own personal plot in a sub-region of Eden Valley in South Australia. This idyllic property sits at 450m above sea level on gently rolling hills - except for the Chardonnay block which is anything but gentle!!The first vines were planted in that spring - ten acres of Shiraz and seven acres of Chardonnay - but without any permanent water. It was not until 1998, after the new dam was filled, that the vines finally had a decent drink!!!With all this, the vines struggled through their impressionable years. Lots of love and attention, but the lack of water really retarded their growth, so much so that a Swedish friend jokingly told them that they had planted a bonsai vineyard....the name stuck and later became the name of their premium Shiraz. With the good rainfall in High Eden, the vines are in great condition these days, but they still remember the early days every time they open a bottle of the Bonsai.After the dam was full they were able to follow on and plant Cabernet Sauvignon and lastly some Sauvignon Blanc. The Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc are now growing happily amongst big white rocks on ancient podsolic soils - which really makes driving trellis posts interesting, but that's another story!!!!
Grapes: 100% Shiraz
Region: Riverina, Australia
Vintage: Viticulturists and winemakers are declaring this to be the region’s best in over a decade. While quantity is down, overall there has been a significant and directly proportional lift in quality. This reduced harvest is attributed to decreased availability of water, cool-to-moderate spring weather resulting in a slow start to shoot development, and low sub-soil moisture level during those months. The fruit presented was extremely clean and disease-free. Winemakers are especially impressed with the brilliant colour for the red this vintage. To summarize, the reds are outstanding in terms of colour, ripe fruit expression and tannin development.
Serve: Enjoy with spicy lamb dishes, beef stew or mushroom risotto or simply anytime!
Tasting Notes: This Shiraz is a deep dark cherry colour with vibrant hues. The nose is very expressive with abundant aromas of red fruits such as black cherry and raspberries. The palate displays flavours of ripe plum and cherry that is supported by fine vanillin tannins that underpin the flavours for a rich, long and satisfying finish.
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Am enjoying this deep bodied wine immensely and it has a soft finish compared to french equivalents around a similar price! Good value!!
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