Berton Vineyards Metal Label Petite Sirah 2018
Intense aromas of violets, blackberry and subtle chocolate herald this mouth staining Petite Sirah’s inky dark fruit characters of blackberry, anise and smoky licorice that fill the concentrated palate. The well integrated oak and tight tannins add complexity and depth persists to a long flavorsome finish.
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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.
South Australia is the historic heart of Australian wine, a great wine capital of the world, and home to some of the most famous regions. It produces more than 80% of Australia’s premium wine from some of the oldest vines in the world. There is an abundance of varieties and wide spectrum of styles to explore. From the rogue to refined, discover Australian wines that are far from ordinary.
With its deep color, firm tannins and bold flavors, there is nothing petite about Petite Sirah. The variety, originally known as Durif in the Rhône, took on its more popular moniker after being imported to California in the early 1880s. Quintessentially recognized today as a grape of the Golden State, Petite Sirah works well blended with Zinfandel and finds success as a single varietal wine in the state’s warmer districts. Somm Secret—Petite Sirah is not a smaller version of Syrah but it is an offspring of Syrah and the now nearly extinct French Alpine variety called Peloursin.