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Producer: Berton VineyardGrape Varieties: 50% Semillon, 45% Sauvignon, 5% Chenin BlancOptimum Drinking: Within 2 yearsWine Style: Zippy dry white wineAlcohol by Volume: 12%Closure: ScrewcapCountry: 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.
2017 saw a mild summer and cool nights, resulting in a long ripening period and good fresh fruit flavours in most white varieties. In the vineyard, flavour ripeness came well before the sugar levels were achieved resulting in a lighter style.
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, ranging from loam to clay-loam in texture, with a moderate to high fertility.
As ripeness was achieved the Riverina Semillon and Padthaway Sauvignon Blanc grapes were harvested in the cool of the night to retain freshness. The grapes were then crushed, destemmed and chilled before being pressed. The juice was clarified before a slow fermentation at cool temperatures of 14 to 16°C using a carefully selected yeast to optimise varietal expression. Finally, after very little maturation the wine was blended to create a beautifully balanced, vibrant wine; it was stabilised and filtered for bottling.
This wine shows dominant aromas of freshly squeezed lime and grassy notes with nuances of white rose and confectionary. The palate is soft with sweet lemon and lime flavours, honeydew melon and hints of passionfruit, through to a long and crisp finish.
A wonderful accompaniment to sushi or seafood dishes.
Semillon 55%, Sauvignon Blanc 45%
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