Wine of the Month: 22 April - 19 May, 2019

Wine of the Month: 22 April - 19 May, 2019

Beresford Wines

Established in 1985 in the heart of McLaren Vale, Beresford wines is family-owned and passionately South Australian. Our winemakers apply their extraordinary knowledge and expertise to handcraft wines of celebrated distinction, heroing the individuality and diversity of the McLaren Vale region. Beresford Estate is a 70-acre working vineyard producing award-winning wines of nuanced excellence. On the estate, stands Beresford House and Beresford Tasting Pavilion, both were built with modernistic architectural precision and an eye for indulgent detail, they provide a visionary space to experience the very best of Beresford.


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About

Our 28-hectare vineyard was first planted in the 1960’s and located at the height of one of McLaren Vale’s most elevated sites in the cool Blewitt Springs sub-region, sitting 130 meters above sea level. Grown in ancient sandy soils, the deep sand above the clay sub-soils allow the vines to be dry-grown with minimal or no irrigation, creating wines of intense flavours & soft mouth filling tannins.

Our vineyard is a true representation of McLaren Vale’s most successful wine-grape varieties – 60 year old gnarly old bush vine Grenache, balanced Shiraz & Cabernet Sauvignon and leading clones of Chardonnay.


Tasting Notes

Aroma: Lifted spicy cloves, hint of musky redskin with vanilla bean spice and faint zataar notes. Fig seed with spicy ripe red plum. Complex dark fruit conserve aromas of mulberry & blackberry.

Palate: A rich full palate, with fleshy mulberry fruits. Subtle use of oak further adds complexity with good flavour and balance with some fine, powdery tannins evident. A well-balanced wine with great depth, length and structure.

Winemaking: Grapes are picked on both colour and flavour development, then gently crushed and fermented for 7-10 days at around 20 degrees. Small open top fermenters are used with hand pumping over and rack and return to ensure optimum extraction of tannins and colour. Following fermentation the wine is softly pressed into French and American oak where it undergoes natural malolactic fermentation. Following maturation the wine is blended and prepared for bottling.

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Did You Know

Standing proud on the Estate property in McLaren Vale is an iconic Bell Tower. Housing a grand 1894 Henry Stuckstede Cast Bronze Bell; crafted in St. Louise, USA where it took residency in a German church & was inscribed Frided auf Erden, meaning Peace on Earth. The Bell still works to this day and when rung can be heard across the estate.


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