Berton Vineyards Foundstone Merlot is a soft, plummy Aussie red with intense aromas and a juicy texture. Cassis and plum flavours are given added complexity by judicious oak ageing.
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|Grapes||Merlot 95%, Petit Verdot 3%, Cabernet Sauvignon 2%|
|Serve with||Feathered game, grilled beef or tomato based dishes|
|Name||Berton Vineyards Foundstone Merlot|
Berton Vineyard was 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. The 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 allows Berton Vineyards to produce value for money wines which sit alongside his premium single vineyard offerings.
The vine age is varied, but all vines have been spur pruned. The vines are planted approximately 1.8m apart with3.6m between rows to allow machinery access. The Trellis system is generally a single wire cordon.
The grapes are machine harvested and tested for ripeness; cropping level is around 6-7 tonnes/acre with a mixture of morning and day harvest. The grapes are then crushed and inoculated with selected yeast strains. The fermentation is carried out at 25-28C and a rack and return is carried out every three hours. When the ferment is dry, the wine is then pressed off the skins and transferred to a stainless steel tank where it undergoes oak treatment using oak staves. The wine is filtered, blended and prepared for bottling.