This Cabernet is a wine of restrained power with an intense, ripe berry bouquet
with hints of chocolate and liquorice. The palate fills with crushed blackcurrant
fruit flavours over the typical herbaceous characters of eucalyptus and mint and
is beautifully complemented by elegant French oak notes.
The grapes were sourced from the prized terra rossa region of Coonawarra.
They were picked in late April and fermented in closed fermenters for 10 days
at between 25 and 28 degrees and was pumped over 4 times a day. The wine
was then pressed off into stainless steel tanks where it completed its
malolactic fermentation in the late autumn. The wine was then racked off onto
French oak with an equal spread of new, 1, 2 and 3 year old oak. It was
matured for a year during which time if received one racking.
Established by Bob & 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, Berton Vineyards has been one of Hallgarten Druitt'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 10,000
tonnes, and allows Berton Vineyards to produce value for money wines which
sit alongside his premium single vineyard offerings.
The reserve will age well for 5-8 years and will accompany aged beef served
with herb roasted subterranean vegetables.