|David O'Leary really knows about things Cabernet Sauvignon, having claimed a Jimmy Watson Trophy and twice International Red Wine Maker of the Year. From low yielding vines up to fifty years of age, grown to superior sites within the Armagh Valley and Polish Hill River districts, the O'Leary Walker team create a powerful and complex, exquisitely perfumed and seamlessly layered Cabernet Sauvignon, framed by judicious oak and supported by graceful tannins, reflecting the idyllic growing climes of Valley Clare. OLeary Walker»|
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|A vineyard of some historical import, Bernoota is the original block, planted to the Follett family homestead along the banks of River Bremer, two decades before federation. A splendid construct of Langhorne Creek Shiraz Cabernet, selected from old vines around the distinguished Follett family vineyard, perennially released to resounding accolades. Lake Breeze»|
|The quality of Shiraz grown to parched vineyards in Victoria's rugged western districts, has been well known throughout the world of wine since the days of gold rush and early settlement. Taltarni have since established an enviable reputation for vintages of powerfully structured, statuesque red wines, fully exploiting the soft spoken majesty and graceful intensity of Pyrenees Shiraz comes naturally. Taltarni»|
|Gold Medal Winner at the highly prestigious London International Wine Challenge! The taste is very sweet, smooth, pronounced and delicous, just like dried raisins or rich tawny grape juice. Serve at cool room temperature with fine desserts, pastries and cake, pour liberally over the best quality ice creams. Lustau»|
|Following a visit to France where he studied the ancient pastoral practices of breeding the world's best chickens, Adam Marks gained the inspiration to create great Australian wines in the very same manner, adopting an artisanal approach to production, employing traditional, age old methods. Gold Label is the flagship Shiraz by one of Victoria's most adroit, small batch producers. Bress»|
|Watershed's superior vineyards span across an immense area of the choicest soils on Margaret River, the best eighty hectares were established from the ground up, with a view to vintage the most spectacular wines in the Australian west, the finest parcels of estate grown Cabernet Sauvignon are assembled for the Awakening. . Watershed»|
|A solid Cabernet Sauvignon with profound structure and vigorous fruit, the essential Coonawarra style, exuding rich bramble, berries and cassis aromas characters over soft, elegant tannins. Extended maturation in the finest French oak contributes to the wine's overall balance and drinkability. Hollick»|
|A Shiraz of power and elegance, Heathcote Estate claimed a significant gold medal at the prestigious London International. Inspired by the amazing depth and character of Terra Rosa Shiraz, the Bialkower and Kirby families determined the most idyllic location to propogate vines for an ultra premium Shiraz to rival Australia's finest. Heathcote Estate»|
|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»|
|Galli Estate produce a variety of quality wines from fruit grown on their vineyards at Sunbury and Heathcote. Galli Estate have been very well received by reviewers, and have been recognised for quality at competitions, already receiving Gold for their Pinot Grigio, a varietal that the winemaking team find very exciting. Galli 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»|
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