Bob Berton talks vintage, drought, bushfires and Coronavirus following one of the toughest vintages yet.
White Winemaker Glen Snaidero on his wrap up of vintage 2020:
What a year full of challenges? Despite having to face a season of drought, bushfires, threat of COVID 19 and multiple rain events in the middle of harvest, remarkably 2020 will be another good vintage in terms of quality for Berton Vineyards.
As the first of our white wines enter the bottle the quality overall is looking really promising with fresh and vibrant fruit showing in all wines. Lower alcohols will be found in some varietals, particularly blends of Semillon, a result of late season rains in February and March but clean fresh fruit flavours have not been affected.
In the midst of uncertainty, highlights fortunately came in the form of some lovely parcels of Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay that make up our Foundstone and Metal ranges, expect intense fruit flavours and lovely acid balance in these wines. Consistent as ever, our Fiano and Vermentino vineyards have produced the goods with excellent fruit quality, wines are displaying vibrant tropical and stone fruit flavours and trademark crisp acidity. A parcel of Cowra Chardonnay, currently sitting in French oak puncheons is shining and looks to push for a presence in our range going forward.