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28 Aug

Mt Bera Wines – A family affair

By: SVS Categories: Reviews and Awards, Wines

Mt Bera is one of the newest additions to our portfolio and has received a lot of attention lately for a good reason.

Their wines were highly awarded by critics in the past week, specifically the 2019 Mt Bera ‘Dream Catcher’ Pinot Gris and the
2018 Mt Bera ‘Wild and Free’ Pinot Noir.

See below what the critics had to say about them!


2018 Mt Bera ‘Wild and Free’ Pinot Noir – 91 pts

Mt Bera 'Wild & Free' Pinot Noir 2017 - Mt Bera Vineyards


Take a walk on the wild side with this single vineyard pinot noir from high up in the Adelaide Hills, wild and free thanks to its ferment with all natural yeasts. The first thing that stands out is delicious complexity – its got the whole range of classic pinot aromas from cherry compote and raspberry through to earth with balanced oak sitting pretty in the back seat. It does get a hit more wild and free on the palate, with sappy, herbal fruits and more earthiness and old tobacco flavours before a lingering finish. Its a food wine for sure well suited to gamey dishes.

– Angus Hughson (Wine Pilot)

Adelaide Hills winery Mt Bera is a new name for me, but my first tastings of both the 17 and 18 pinot noirs impressed – and you can’t argue with $30 for a bottle of quality pinot, particularly as Mt Ben produces only single vineyard and estate-grown wines. The winery focuses on regenerative viticulture, using organic and biodynamic practices. This has a melange of dark berry and Asian spice characters and would work well with most poultry dishes.  Winsor Dobbin



2019 Mt Bera ‘Dream Catcher’ Pinot Gris – 93 pts



The Adelaide Hills is without doubt one the best regions in the country for pinot gris with its cooler climate helping to craft wines with good delicacy plus a fine backbone of acidity. This is a fragrant version with a slight blush colour thanks to gentle skin contact. You’ll find exotic custard apple, pear and citrus fruits that are bright and clean. It’s then quite dry and acid driven, with a creamy texture and some nutty aged elements now starting to come through. There is a real elegance and subtlety too that lifts this wine above much of its competition.

– Angus Hughson (wine pilot)




2017 Mt Bera Wild and Free Pinot Noir

AWild fermented Pinot Noir light, pretty red in colour; the nose gives stem and spice Wine Rating 91 alongside red cherry and wild strawberry. The savoury and earthen expression of cherry fruit defines the palate with autumnal spice. Tannins are drying, with acidity giving a cranberry like crunch; forest floor and berry spice bring things to a close. Impressive value here.

– Patrick Eckel – 91 Points


Here we have a pinot noir at the peak of its powers showing both the pretty red fruits of youth plus the additional benefits of age. It’s a cherry red colour right now but just starting to go a little garnet on the edge. It’s beautifully aromatic and lives up to its name with some wider elements – there is Chinese five spice, rose petals and wild strawberry plus some gamey, meaty notes. The tannins are fully integrated thanks to its four years of age which makes it super silky and supple under a bed of spicy, earthy fruits supported by tangy acidity. It’s a great value Adelaide Hills Pinot to enjoy over the next year or two.

– Angus Hughson – 91 points 


But the good news doesn’t stop there! Mt Bera was also covered in the New Castle Herald Food and Wine section by author John Lewis. He described the story of the Mount Bera family wine brand, and what brought the former aerospace engineer, Australian Navy commander, and legal software company managing director Greg Horne to cultivate Gruner in Adelaide Hills!

See a snippet of the article below:


Follow the stories of Mt Bera wines in our blog section, or head to our shop to buy a case!


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