|From sacred blocks of old, to very old Blewitt Spring vines, mostly Grenache and Shiraz, with a judicious measure Mourverdre. The hand picked parcels are treated to a traditional course of pumpovers and whole bunches, vinified to dry, batches are pressed, rack and returned to a selection of French and American oak hogsheads for an extended eighteen months maturation. Cape Barren»|
|Mandoon are a Swan Valley operation of great provenance, their homestead vineyard being an ancient block established on the first rural grant in Western Australia, circa 1929 at a property named Sandalford. Always on the lookout for exceptional parcels of fruit, the highly decorated Mandoon team have focused on a northern block of Research Station Vineyard in Margaret River. Mandoon»|
|After many years of dedication to formulating superb Eden Valley Riesling, Elderton have again achieved an excellent expression of the genre, paradoxically the most underrated style of wine in Australia. Small harvests of fruit which show wonderful primary, zesty characters and delicate acid structures are the foundation. Elderton»|
|Given the scarcity of Best's prestige, limited release, old vineyard icons, Bin #1 affords enthusiasts their first taste of the Great Western Shiraz style and leaves them eager to discover more. A classic, cool climate, aromatic wine, floral and spicy, peppery and elegant, retaining vital Great Western fruit character. Bests»|
|A collation of superior parcels from the Serafino estate vineyards in McLaren Vale, vinified in small, open top fermenters, pumped over twice daily for optimal extraction, pressed into French and American oak hogsheads for a luxurious twenty months maturation. Magnitude's mocha and mulberry spice nose precedes a full bodied palate of intense red berry fruits, sublimely integrated oak and mocha chocolate richness, all supported by an exquisite length over a carriage of supple, velvetine tannins.. Serafino»|
|Coriole is one of McLaren Vale's most eminent, artisanal estates. Consecutive vintages of Coriole Shiraz have claimed a remarkable back to back San Francisco Double Gold. Coriole»|
|David O'Leary and Nick Walker have amassed hundreds of gold medals and trophies between them, including the prestigious Jimmy Watson. A shared confidence in the quality of Clare Valley fruit was the catalyst for them to establish their own winery. OLeary Walker»|
|Yealands Seaview Vineyard is exposed to some of the toughest growing conditions in Marlborough, high sunshine and billowing winds wind, cool nights and low rainfalls for a smaller, thicker skinned Pinot Gris of exciting intensity. Fruit from the relatively flat, coastal L6M block, provides a pure mineral elegance to the structural backbone. Yealands Estate»|
|Enthused by a consuming desire to make great wine, Andrew Nugent honed his craft as viticulturalist and winemaker amongst the vines of McLaren Vale before returning to the Adelaide Hills, where he established his very own wineworks at Woodside. Hand crafted from fruit grown to mineral rich soils above the historic Bird in Hand gold mine, a pure Pinot Noir with superb effervescence, dominated by red berry characters, adorned by a lift of stonefruits and floral.. Bird In Hand»|
|The Sexton family live in the middle of their eighty acre vineyard on the high north face of the Warramate Ranges, within the dress circle of Yarra Valley. The vineyard is introducing organic practises with the express purpose of further distinguishing the site and improving grape and wine quality. Giant Steps»|
|Widely regarded as one of New Zealand's leading winemakers, Alan McCorkindale has over three decades experience at crafting some of the South Island's most memorable vintages. McCorkindale's efforts have claimed many trophy and gold at prestigious competitions including twice International White Wine of Year at the distinguished London International Wine Challenge. Munamuna»|
|A collation of superior vineyard parcels, crafted by a boutique estate which has been recognized as one of Australia's leading wineries. Clonakilla is dedicated to making distinctive, handcrafted wines, only ever released in limited quantities, anything by Clonakilla can be hard to find, but they are worth the search. Clonakilla»|
Pepperjack wines are an endowment, from the noble House of Saltram, to all the good red wine enthusiasts of Australia. Originally created and crafted by the nation's most eminent father and son winemaking teams, Jimmy Watson winning winemakers Bryan and N
The Dolan name is an icon of Barossa winemaking. Nigel Dolan is the current Chief Winemaker at Saltram wines, a position also held by his father Brian Dolan from 1954 to 1959. Nigel, who is also responsible for the irrepressible Metala, enjoys an outstanding reputation as one of Australia's finest winemakers. Nigel has won numerous accolades in his career, three times winner of the coveted Stodart Trophy, and most notably as a dual winner of Australia’s most prestigious prize, the Jimmy Watson Trophy in 1992, and most recently in 2003 for the 2002 The Eighth Maker Shiraz.
Nigel Dolan's Pepperjack label has an interesting spin, staking a simultaneous claim on Barossa heritage, traditional winemaking techniques and modern style. Sourced from a collection of old Shiraz vines across the Barossa Valley floor and the cooler Eden Valley, with the balance from a mix of other SA regions, the Pepperjack Shiraz reflects the very best attributes of modern Barossa Shiraz - vibrancy, richness and generosity. The Eden component brings fragrance and elegance to the rich, ripe, plum-and-chocolate Barossa component, making Pepperjack immediately appealing and accessible in its youth.
Generally, the Pepperjack vineyards deliver terrific fruit definition due to the impeccable standards of the winemakers and the selected grape growers. Ruby red with purple hues, the Shiraz displays aromas of wild berries, cherries and plums supported by characteristic spice and pepper. The palate portrays concentrated, sweet plum and berry fruit characters and with careful cellaring this Shiraz will continue to improve over the next five to eight years.
The Pepperjack Cabernet Sauvignon reflects the very best attributes of modern Barossa Cabernet - vibrancy, body and elegance. The Barossa Valley floor contributes body (or weight), while elegance is derived from the cooler Eden Valley. Deep plum red in colour and displaying aromas of blackberries, blackcurrants and spice with a touch of mint and cedar, this Cabernet will reward medium term cellaring over five to eight year. Whilst the Barossa component dominates the flavour, the elegance and freshness of the wine is truly appealing.
Pepperjack has been immensely successful since it's initial release, the breadth of the success being based solely on the wonderful quality of the fruit and the superior winemaking. The lavishly satisfying styling of Pepperjack crystalizes the perpective that the ancient soils and fruit parcels of the Barossa and Eden valleys can be redefined to adapt to the ever developing wine palate, and to remain forever young in appealing to contemporary tastes.
The Saltram Wine Estates Pepperjack, has grown to be a cult favourite to those wanting warm approachable reds and delectable elegant whites. Contemporary and eager to please, Pepperjack wines interpret the Saltram winemaking legacy to be that of quality, innovation and progression. Pepperjack are a unique offering from the grand vineyards of Barossa and regional South Australia, and are perfect for cosy dinners, food with friends and any other moment you wish to make special.
On the 2004 Pepperjack Cabernet: "This is an immensely satisfying full throttle hedonistic cabernet and you can’t help but enjoy yourself drinking it. Finishes with good length with powdery tannins and flavours of mint chocolate slice. Sensational value and a shed load of fun. I feel very puritan and tight only giving it 92 points. You cannot do better at the price!" -Winorama.com.au, "Floral aromas of violets and jammy red and black berry fruits are backed by herbal nuances and cedary oak. Full to medium in weight, it’s smooth and supple, with some richness and presence of uncomplicated fruit, with a firmish spine of powdery tannins!" -Jeremyoliver.com.au