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Pepperjack Barossa Red Blend 2012
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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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.
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.
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.