Berton Vineyards The Black Shiraz 2015
Berton Vineyards are famous for many things but one of their wines exceeds all of those accolades. The Black Shiraz is one of the most represented and recognised wines in the UK restaurant market. Distinguised by it's wonderful pewter label The Black Shiraz has something unique in that it not only looks fabulous but the wine inside the bottle is also wonderful! The Black Shiraz used to be described as an "espresso of a wine" but this was in the early vintages and now it is made in a much more approachable way. Full of spicy, yet soft blackcurrant fruit and still holding it's own at 14% alcohol the wine is actually very easy to drink. It shows the ability of Berton Vineyards when they can make a wine that not only balances fruit and alcohol but also looks great and is at a very reasonable price.
Berton Vineyards was created from the drive and passion of it's founder Bob Berton. It was established in 1996 after Berton had finished working for many of Australia's biggest wineries and companies. they are based in the Eden Valley of Australia with 75 acres of land on rolling hills that are perfect for the production of top quality grapes. Bob purchased the Yenda winery and this superb facility allows them to produce superb value for money wines and maintain outstanding quality. Berton isn't all about value for money wine though as they produce some exceptionsl single varietal wines that showcase the skill and passion of the company.
The Black Shiraz grapes were sourced from premium areas across South Eastern Australia. Selecting only the darkest and flavorsome friut. This Shiraz was named because of the deep colour of the juice after crushing and the intensly dark flavours from the resulting wine.
Berton vineyards take great care when it comes to vineyard management. All their vines are spur pruned and planted just under 2m apart with 3.6m space between the rows of vine to allow the wineries machinery to harvest the fruit. The vines are of mixed age and are tended with love and attention and this shows in the quality of their wines.
This Shiraz is strong in flavour with spicy fruit characters and the softest of spice. It's quite unusual for such a high alcohol red wine to be this easy to drink so be careful when opening and pouring.
Everyday Serving Suggestion
The Black Shiraz is the perfect choice to serve with steak but it is a great wine to drink with game casseroles, chilli con carne or Szechuan beef of Teriyaki dishes. This wine is also supple enough to drink on it's own but be careful as at 14.5% alcohol it can creep up up you as it's such a moorish red wine
Country / Region / Appellation
AU / Riverina / Riverina
Region: South East Australia
Body Value: D (A is light, E is full bodied)
Residual Sugar: 3.3
Contains Sulphites: Yes
James Ceccato & Tim Perrin