Berton Vineyards Reserve Chardonnay 2019
The Eden Valley Reserve Chardonnay from Bob Berton is a wonderful example of how superb Chardonnay can be when made in the right way with the right winemaker. The Berton Reserve Chardonnay is a rich, complex wine with pineapple and peach fruit enhanced by hints of cinnamon and vanilla. It's superb when paired with seafood risotto or creamy pasta dishes and the addition of a hint of Semillon brings out the tropical fruit flavours of the Chardonnay.
Established by Bob and Cherie Berton in May 1996 with 75 acres of land at 450m above sea level on gently rolling hills in a sub-region 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 10,000 tonnes, and allows Berton Vineyards to produce value for money wines which sit alongside his premium single vineyard offerings.
Mechanically harvested at night. The grapes were de-stemmed and crushed, pressed via bag press and cold settled in stainless steel for 48 hours. The juice was then fermented in stainless steel at 13 degrees. At around 6 baume the ferment was split and 40% went to new French oak hogshead barrels, the balance remained in stainless steel. After ferment the wine remained on lees for three months before being racked and filtered, then blended. The barrel portion was kept on lees for six months before it was racked and filtered for blending.
Eden Valley's warm days, cool nights, dry summers and wet winters make the perfect growing conditions for this fine Chardonnay. This Berton Reserve Chardonnay has generous aromas of white peach, beautifully balanced by spicy oak with toasty undertones of vanilla and mocha. A rich and toasty palate showing pineapple, peach with hints of cinnamon and grapefruit which lingers to create a lovely wine with a long and persistent finish.
Everyday Serving Suggestion
Berton Reserve Chardonnay is best slightly chilled as a great compliment to roast chicken or creamy pasta dishes or simply anytime!
Country / Region / Appellation
AU / Eden Valley / Eden Valley
James Ceccato & Tim Perrin
Grapes - Chardonnay 85%, Semillon 15%
Vegetarian/Vegan - Yes/Yes
Milk/Eggs - No/No
Contains Sulphites - Yes
ABV% - 13%