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Pepperjack Cabernet Sauvignon

Cracka Value Rating
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Cracka Review

2012 was a pretty good year down south, and this Pepperjack cab sav from Saltram represents good value when you think it will kick on in the cellar for another 5-years or so. Atypical cab sav smells of cassis, crushed leaves, mint and fleshy plums lift from the glass, along with hints of mocha courtesy of the oak. The palate is fuller-bodied and plushly fruited, with deep plummy and blackcurrant flavours, licks of earth and chocolate, a kick of mint, fine tannins, and a sense of softness and generosity to the smooth finish.

Winemaker's Notes

The Pepperjack range is a tribute to the Barossa's rich heritage. Our winemaking team has respect for traditional winemaking techniques and is also dynamic and imaginative. The Pepperjack winemakers are conscious of modern wine styles, and are creating wines that reflect our passion for this special region. The Pepperjack wines are rich and honest -showcasing the Barossa's outstanding qualities.

Appearance: Deep plum red in colour.

Nose: Aromas of ripe dark berry fruits, blackcurrants and plums with mint and varietal leafy notes.

Palate: The palate is rich and flavoursome, full of plush, dark fruit with some savouriness and hints of oak. The tannins are soft, talcy / chalky that gives generous length and balance while finishing rich and soft.

Cellaring: This wine can be enjoyed now but will also improve with careful cellaring.

Alcohol: 14%

expert reviews about

Pepperjack Cabernet Sauvignon

Expert Reviews

Jeremy Oliver (2011 Vintage) says
A firmish, but early drinking and concentrated red whose dusty, cedary bouquet of mulberries, cassis and dark plums is backed by chocolatey oak and a whiff of dried herbs. It?s smooth and forward, with intense, briary flavours of cassis and dark plums supported by sweet chocolate/mocha oak and fine-grained tannins, but does thin out towards the finish.
2013-2016
The Australian Wine Annual 2014 Edition
88
Jeremy Oliver (2010 Vintage) says
A firm, well-made Barossa cabernet whose voluminous but fractionally jammy bouquet of raspberries, cassis and sweet cedar/vanilla oak is scented with nuances of violets and crushed leaves. Underpinned by a dusty extract, it's rich and generous, smooth and elegant, finishing with length and freshness. It should age pretty well over the medium term.
2018-2022
The Australian Wine Annual 2013
90
Angus Hughson (2009 Vintage) says
Deep colour, masses of sweet lifted blackcurrant fruit. Dry, lacking flesh with moderate lewngth and lishtly grippy tannins
88
James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
Australian Wine Companion 2012 2011
89
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
Australian Wine Companion 2011 2010
90
Jeremy Oliver (2008 Vintage) says
Generous but uncomplicated, this fruity, minty cabernet has a musky, meaty bouquet of plums and cassis lifted by scents of violets and backed by tobaccoey, pruney and spicy nuances. It's deeply flavoured, velvet-smooth and juicy, with marginally baked fruit underpinned by firmish but pliant tannins and finishing with a note of briar.
The Australian Wine Annual 2012
88
Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (2008 Vintage) says
A lot of reds are released too young nowadays - this tasted much better given a few extra months in the bottle. Silky smooth. Full of blackcurrant-like flavour and well clipped with cedary, toasty, creamy oak. Flecks of herbs, but what this wine is really about is smooth, well-ripened fruit. You could even call this plush - and definitely crowd-pleasing. There's a lot to love here.
The Big Red Wine Book 2010/11 2010
90
Jeremy Oliver (2007 Vintage) says
Very ripe, intense flavours of slightly baked plums and berries are sumptuously knit with fresh vanilla oak, delivering a smooth, relatively juicy palate supported by supple, loose knit tannin that finishes with slightly meaty, currant-like land greenish notes.
Australian Wine Annual 2010 2009
86
James Halliday (2007 Vintage) says
A generously proportioned and wholly satisfying cabernet in which all of the fruit, oak and tannin components are in harmony; the soft, blackcurrant and plum fruit are supported by ripe tannins
Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
92
James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
A solid medium- to full-bodied wine, with plenty of blackberry fruit and sustained tannins; overall, rather butch.
Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
89
Jeremy Oliver (2006 Vintage) says
A very flavoursome, approachable and balanced early-drinking cabernet with a ripe, juicy expression of blackberries, plums and cassis supported by some sweet, polished vanilla/cedar oak and backed by suggestions of dried herbs and tobacco. Long and vibrant, with sweet fruit neatly entwined with creamy oak and finegrained, powdery tannins, it finishes with refreshing acidity and a hint of mocha.
Australian Wine Annual 2009 2008
90
Campbell Mattinson (2006 Vintage) says
This wines comes out of the historic Saltram winery in the Barossa. I usually prefer their mid-priced wines to their super-premiums. 2006 RELEASE Direct hit. Inky, slinky, soft on your tongue and rich to the taste. Hunt around and find it at a good price - and then buy as much of it as you can afford. It's a beautiful, dark-fruited red wine, flooded with blackcurrant and kirsch and chocolate-like flavour, with a mint edge keeping it vibrant. If that's not enough, it smells great too. DRINK 2008-2016.
The Big Red Wine Book 2008
93
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
A pleasant, medium-bodied wine with enough blackcurrant and plum fruit to satisfY, but not to enthral.
Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
87
Jeremy Oliver (2005 Vintage) says
Honest and generous, but slightly raw and uncultivated, with a minty cut of cassis, plum and blackberry flavour backed by toasty vanilla oak. With a violet-like perfume, it's richly ripened, slightly meaty and raisined, but still delivers a good length of fruit backed by firm, drying tannin.
Australian Wine Annual 2008 2007
88
James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says
Bright, deep colour; medium- to full-bodied, with excellent blackcurrant cabernet fruit, particularly so for the Barossa; fruit, oak and tannins all integrated and balanced.
Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006
93
Jeremy Oliver (2004 Vintage) says
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.
Australian Wine Annual 2007 2006
87
James Halliday (2003 Vintage) says
Good colour; medium to full-bodied; sweet, supple, smooth blackcurrant and a touch of cassis; fine, ripe tannins; nice cedary oak.
Australian Wine Companion 2006 2005
90
Jeremy Oliver (2003 Vintage) says
Ripe, vibrant blackberry, cassis and plum-like fruit with just a hint of raisin is married with sweet chocolate and vanilla oak, delivering a pleasing length of juicy flavour. Uncomplicated, but short-term.
Australian Wine Annual 2006 2005
87
James Halliday (1997 Vintage) says
Medium red-purple; soft, sweet cassis berry fruit and a hint of vanilla oak on the bouquet precede an attractive, soft, easy sweetly fruited palate. A Wolf Blass style without the oak
Australian Wine Companion 2001 2001
87

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