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Pepperjack Barossa Red Blend 2012

Other Red Blends from Barossa Valley, Barossa, Australia
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14.44% ABV
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3.5 16 Ratings
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3.5 16 Ratings
14.44% ABV

Winemaker Notes

This wine has lots of upfront fruit while having a soft round structure and a slight hint of oak. The aromas and flavors show fresh berries, plums and vanilla. The palate is rich and plush with good structure. The soft velvety tannins provide balance and length. This wine can be enjoyed now, but will also improve with short term cellaring.

Blend: 78% Shiraz, 11.4% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3.5% Merlot, 3.1% Malbec, 2% Grenache, 1% Sangiovese, 0.5% Cabernet Franc, and 0.5% Tempranillo.

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JH 93
Australian Wine Companion
Medium purple-crimson; the wine is certainly mouthfilling, but has excellent balance and an attractive range of flavors anchored on plum and blackberry, extending through some spice and earth notes, the tannins supple and ripe.
WS 91
Wine Spectator
Fresh and lively, this offers precise flavors and fine-grained tannins, with lingering raspberry, dark plum and floral notes. Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec, Grenache, Sangiovese, Cabernet Franc and Tempranillo.
TP 90
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Pepperjack, Barossa Valley, Barossa, Australia
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The Pepperjack range is a tribute to the Barossa's rich heritage and from one of Australia’s most famous winery’s – Saltram Wine Estates, established in 1859.

Some of Saltram's earliest wines were red blends of numerous varieties. Sourced from vineyards immediately surrounding the Saltram Winery, located in the Barossa sub-region of Angaston.

Pepperjack Winemaker Richard Mattner, has respect for the traditional winemaking techniques and is also dynamic and imaginative with his modern wine styles. Through Pepperjack, he is creating wines that reflect his passion for this special region.

Barossa Valley

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Historically and presently the most important wine-producing region of Australia, the Barossa Valley is set in South Australia, where more than half of the country’s wine is made. Because the climate is very hot and dry, vineyard managers must be careful so that grapes do not become overripe.

The intense heat is ideal for plush, bold reds, particularly Rhône blends featuring Shiraz, Grenache, and Mataro (Mourvèdre). White grapes can produce crisp, fresh wines from Riesling, Chardonnay, and Semillon if they are planted at higher altitudes.

Most of Australia’s largest wine producers are based here and Shiraz plantings date back as far as 1860. Many of them are dry farmed and bush trained, still offering less than one ton per acre of inky, purple juice.

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With hundreds of red grape varieties to choose from, winemakers have the freedom to create a virtually endless assortment of blended wines. In many European regions, strict laws are in place determining the set of varieties that may be used, but in the New World, experimentation is permitted and encouraged. Blending can be utilized to enhance balance or create complexity, lending different layers of flavors and aromas. For example, a variety that creates a fruity and full-bodied wine would do well combined with one that is naturally high in acidity and tannins. Sometimes small amounts of a particular variety are added to boost color or aromatics. Blending can take place before or after fermentation, with the latter, more popular option giving more control to the winemaker over the final qualities of the wine.

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