Pepperjack Barossa Shiraz 2011

Shiraz Barossa South Australia
Pepperjack, by the illustrious House of Saltram, has grown to be a cult favourite for enthusiasts of profound yet approachable Shiraz. The Pepperjack team are conscious of modern tastes and are creating wines which reflect the purest expression of Barossa. Fruit for Pepperjack is sourced from superb vineyards yielding grapes with generous fruit character, definitive varietal flavour, fine tannin structure and great depth of colour. A reliable and immensely satisfying table red, offering substantial weight of Barossa Valley richness, just perfect for cosy dinners.
Saltram's Nigel Dolan, the man who made Pepperjack famous and is also responsible for the icon Metala, enjoys an outstanding reputation as one of Australia's salient winemakers. Dolan has won numerous accolades during his career, most notably he is a dual winner of Australia's prestigious Jimmy Watson Trophy. Choice Barossa vineyards, some of which carry great distinction, are source of the opulent Shiraz grapes which are at the core of Pepperjack. All parcels are treated to a separate vinification for up to a fortnight in traditional open top fermenters, before being gently pressed and transferred to a combination of new and prior use French and American oak barrels for a year's maturation prior to assemblage.
Rich dark red, deep purple hue. Pepperjack displays aromas of wild berries, cherry and plums supported by spices and mocha/ dark chocolate oak. Rich round and soft with rich red berries coming through on the palate, complexed by a savoury, meaty interest. Fine tannins, lots of weight, ample complexity and great length of flavour. Drink with char grilled steak, green peppercorn sauce and roast vegetables.
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