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Producer: Berton VineyardGrape Varieties: Vermintino 100%Optimum Drinking: Within 3 yearsWine Style: Fresh fruity yet dry whiteAlcohol by Volume: 12%Country: Australia
Established by Bob and Cherie Berton in May 1996, Berton Vineyard is one of Hallgarten's most important partners. 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 2016 vintage in the Riverina did not get off to a great start as due to high rainfall in late January. As such the harvest took place earlier than usual, in order to prevent diseases from setting in. The fruit was harvested at 10 Baume, clean and fresh with delicate flavours. The Riverland had a much better start to vintage without the rain the Riverina had and therefore the fruit was able to ripen to 12 Baume, which is optimal for this variety.
The grapes for this wine are soured from two areas: the Riverland and the Riverina. The vine age is varied, but all the vines are trained on a double wire cordon trellising system with drip irrigation. In the Riverland, there are two blocks of Vermentino; the younger block is hand pruned, while the older block is machine pruned and the vines are grown in a soil type which is a grey, brown loamy sand. In the Riverina, the vines are all machine pruned and the vines are grown in a sandy loam soil with a clay subsoil.
The grapes from the Riverland and Riverina regions were vinified separately. The fermentation took place in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks to retain the freshness and preserve the varietal characteristics. The wine was then blended prior to being bottled.
Quintessential Vermentino with delicate citrus and pear leading to a palate which is bursting with tropical fruit, lychee and kiwi fruits. Vibrant and refreshing with its zesty acidity, depth of flavour and a deliciously mouthwatering finish.
Enjoy chilled as a refreshing apéritif, or with light seafood dishes such as Tempura prawns, or delicately flavoured white fish dishes.
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