Berton Vineyards Metal Label Chardonnay 2019
Bob Berton is a recognizable name throughout Australia. With over 30 vintages under his belt, both top grape growers and winemakers know him alike. While he started in senior management roles for some of Australia’s top estates, he didn’t found Berton Vineyards until 1996 when he purchased a block of land in High Eden, the premium sub region of Barossa Valley. Completely hands on, Bob established his vineyard from scratch and after successfully establishing this one block he realized he needed more. In 2005 when the former Southcorp winery in Yenda became available, he jumped on the opportunity. Keeping the company family owned, Berton Vineyards has successfully grown to one of the 20 largest wineries in Australia as well as being awarded a 4 Star James Halliday Winery.
Berton owns a modern production facility located in the regional township of Yenda which has a population of around 1,600 people and is 360 miles southwest of Sydney. Growing and sourcing from the same first-rate estates each year within the Limestone Coast, Barossa Valley, High Eden and throughout South Eastern Australia, in order to build a consistent product. With this partnership, Berton Vineyards crushes and ferments each vineyard in batches and then grade and blend accordingly, with an emphasis on all that is casual, friendly and approachable in wine. Berton features three tiers of wine, their popular premium Metal Label range, their super premium Berton Reserve series and their flagship Berton High Eden wines.
An inland subregion of the Limestone Coast, Padthaway has made a name for itself as a significant source of quality Shiraz even though the region grows other varieties. Padthaway is home to only a handful of producers; most Padthaway Shiraz goes to wines made outside of its borders.
One of the most popular and versatile white wine grapes, Chardonnay offers a wide range of flavors and styles depending on where it is grown and how it is made. While it tends to flourish in most environments, Chardonnay from its Burgundian homeland produces some of the most remarkable and longest lived examples. California produces both oaky, buttery styles and leaner, European-inspired wines. Somm Secret—The Burgundian subregion of Chablis, while typically using older oak barrels, produces a bright style similar to the unoaked style. Anyone who doesn't like oaky Chardonnay would likely enjoy Chablis.