Vibrant aromas of white rose, vanilla and toasted nutmeg carry to a soft and fruity palate. The Australian Berton Vineyards, Foundstone Unoaked Chardonnay 2020 offers a fusion of peach, mango and mandarin that envelopes the palate with subtle nuances of vanilla and cream. A lovely line of acidity throughout leads to a long and tasty finish.
The Chardonnay grapes were harvested during the cool hours of the very early morning. The destemmed grapes were crushed, pressed and then cold settled, before being racked off and inoculated with specially selected yeast strains. The fermentation took place in stainless steel tanks at cool temperatures, after which the wine was immediately racked off the yeast lees, filtered, stored in stainless steel tanks ready for blending. As the name suggests, this wine has had no oak treatment (neither chips nor ageing in oak barrels). Hence, it shows the true varietal character of Chardonnay grapes grown in the Riverina district of New South Wales.
Established by Bob and Cherie Berton in May 1996, Berton Vineyard is one of Hallgarten's most important partners. The estate covers 30 hectares of land located on gently rolling hills at 450 metres above sea level, in a subregion of Eden Valley in South Australia. The superb 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 has the capacity to process 20,000 tonnes and enables Berton Vineyard to produce value for money wines which sit alongside their premium single vineyard offerings.