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Producer: Berton VineyardGrape Varieties: Chardonnay 99%, Fiano 1%Alcohol by Volume: 13%Country: Australia
A crisp, elegant example of a cool climate Chardonnay from Padthaway. Lifted tropical fruit aromas, with hints of lime and grapefruit are complemented by subtle oak nuances. Great balance on the palate, with fresh tropical fruit and zesty citrus acidity, softened by gentle oak tannins leading to a subtle and persistent finish.
Established by Bob and Cherie Berton in May 1996 with 30 hectares of land at 450m above sea level on gently rolling hills in a sub-region of Eden Valley in South Australia, Berton Vineyard has been one of Hallgarten's most important partners. 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 allows Berton Vineyard to produce value for money wines which sit alongside their premium single vineyard offerings.
The 2015 vintage in Padthaway was very dry, with lovely ripening conditions, not too hot during the day and cooler nights. Due to the dry conditions, the presence of disease was very low, leading to exceptionally good quality fruit.
The fruit was grown by the Orton family in Padthaway, South Australia. The vineyard was planted in 2001/2002, with an east to west orientation, providing just the right amount of sun exposure on the vines. The soils are sandy loam over clay, formed on old lagoon sediments. These sandy soils lead to poor nutrient and water retention which helps to concentrate the flavours in the fruit. The vines are grown on single wire trellises, ensuring an open canopy. Drip irrigation is used in the vineyards to manage the water supply and reduce evaporation, as water is applied directly above the roots. The row spacing is three metres apart, with the vines spaced every two metres, which facilitates machinery access.
When the fruit was harvested, half was transported to the winery as grapes, while the remaining half was crushed immediately and arrived as juice. The fermentation was carried out in stainless steel tanks at controlled temperatures of 14°C. No malolactic fermentation took place. 10% of the blend was stored with French oak, adding complexity to the final wine, prior to bottling.
Enjoy chilled with grilled seafood, roast chicken or pork fillets with apple sauce.
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