Nepenthe: described by Homer in The Odyssey as an Egyptian herbal drink so powerful that it eases grief and banishes sorrow from the mind.
Up here in the cool heights of the Adelaide Hills, Nepenthe produces some soul reposing potions of their own: uncompromising wines of outstanding quality and internationally recognised distinction. Wines that, strangely enough, have been impressing both critics and consumers with their varietal faithfulness and subtle Adelaide Hills nuances. But wines this good undertake a journey as arduous and epic as Homer's famous hero - a journey that Nepenthe, like the gods, determine with immutable fascination.
Nepenthe's commitment to consistently high quality wine starts with the land. In fact, they're so dedicated to quality that they formed two specialized companies to deal with the demands of their high altitude vines - Nepenthe Viticulture and Nepenthe Irrigation.
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The 2007 Sauvignon Blanc shows tropical aromas of passionfruit
and pineapple complemented by delicate floral notes. Full flavored
yet fresh and lively, the crisp lively palate is balanced by a core of
tropical sweetness that lingers. It is cool, yet powerful in the mouth. more
This powerfully fruit-driven wine shows depth of flavor, balance and persistence. It displays sweet tropical and citrus blossoms, hallmarks of Adelaide Hills Sauvignon Blanc are complemented by fresh grapefruit and lemon from the Semillon, with a slight hint of musk from the Pinot Gris.
On the... more
Color: Delicate pale yellow
Bouquet: Intense citrus aromas balanced by softer notes of nectarine and apricots.
Palate: Fresh, clean and crisp, yet with a richness of fruit that makes it genuinely
satisfying. Sweet, tropical flavors precede the fine, elegant finish.
Food pairings: Thai... more
The 2006 Tryst White is a fresh, approachable wine from the heart of the cool, pristine
Adelaide Hills. The blend is made up predominantly of fragrant, crisp Sauvignon Blanc
balanced by finely structured, elegant Semillon. While these two varieties receive much
of the regard, the heart of the... more
The 2006 Sauvignon Blanc shows a fresh, zesty bouquet of green herbs mingling with passionfruit, citrus and lychees. Full flavored and vibrant, the crisp lively palate is balanced by a core of tropical sweetness that lingers. It is cool yet powerful in the mouth.
Cellaring: Enjoy... more
The Tryst Red is an eclectic blend, based on Adelaide Hills Cabernet Sauvignon, Tempranillo and Zinfandel.
This combination works remarkably well, with each variety contributing its own unique characteristics, resulting in a fruit driven wine which is approachable and fragrant, yet is well... more
While the heart of the wine is the much-admired Adelaide Hills Sauvignon Blanc (which provides the distinctive tropical nose and palate), backed up by Semillon (adding the fine palate structure and delicate herbal edges), a touch of Pinot Gris contributes roundness and spice which lifts the blend... more
Since the first vintage in 1997, Nepenthe's best Chardonnay is grown in their Lenswood Vineyards, and the '05 Unoaked is again based on the fruit harvested from those blocks.
Nepenthe's team sought grapes with intense aromas and flavors, reminicent of honeydew melon, nectarines and citrus; and... more
Deliciously ripe, tropical Sauvignon Blanc, with interestingly intense citrus and floral notes. These are balanced by the herbal notes that are typical of Sauvignon, but which can dominate 'greener' styles. Its best feature is probably the palate, which exhibits true balance between the fruit... more
The Tryst Red is an eclectic blend, based on Adelaide Hills Cabernet Sauvignon, Tempranillo
and Zinfandel. This combination works remarkably well, with each variety contributing
its own unique characteristics, resulting in a fruit driven wine which is approachable
and fragrant, yet is well... more