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Pepperjack Shiraz

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Cracka Review

This is a good value wine for lovers of bold, fleshy styles of shiraz. Aromas of ripe black berries and dark plums rise from the glass, along with whiffs of pepper spice and chocolatey notes. The palate is rich and plush with plenty of ripe fruit flavours, hints of Xmas cake, friendly tannins, and a juicy, smooth finish.

Winemaker's Notes

Appearance: Rich dark red in colour with a dark purple rim.

Nose: The nose shows rich concentrated red and blue fruits, dark chocolate and rich mocha notes with hints of spice and cedary oak.

Palate: The palate is rich and plush with good structure. There is a concentrated layer of berry fruit and oak which is balanced with the fine tannins to give length and power while finishing soft and full of flavour.

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


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Pepperjack Shiraz

Expert Reviews

Jeremy Oliver (2011 Vintage) says
This fine, polished shiraz is quite a departure for this label. Its sweet, violet-like fragrance of small black and red berries, cedar/vanilla oak and dusty, herbal undertones precedes a long, elegant palate of medium to full body. Supported by fine, velvety tannins, it?s juicy and evenly measured, smooth and supple.
2016-2019
The Australian Wine Annual 2014 Edition
90
Jeremy Oliver (2010 Vintage) says
A fine shiraz of genuine regional and varietal identity. A bright, spicy and lightly floral bouquet of blackberries, cassis, violets and chocolatey oak reveals a hint of menthol, while its smooth, generous palate marries deep, juicy flavour with sweet oak and rather polished, pliant and approachable tannins. Very drinkable right now, without a hard edge in sight.
2015-2018+
The Australian Wine Annual 2013
91
James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
Deep colour; dark and brooding, with masses of black fruit, charry oak and intriguing floral high notes; the palate, while dense, is nimble, with bright acidity, vibrant black fruit and just a suggestion of toasty oak on the finish; almost clinically precise.
Australian Wine Companion 2012 2011
95
Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (2008 Vintage) says
The Pepperjack reds are one of the sales winners of the modern era - drinkers love 'em, and it's easy to see why. They taste yum, and it's a good name for a brand too. They're an arm of the historic Saltram winery. Gorgeously fresh red wine. It's uncomplicated but ever so more-ish - not too heavy, but not too cute. We got a shock when we saw the alcohol level - you wouldn't pick it. Has balance written all over it. Flavours of plums, mint and sawdust. We just love it.
The Big Red Wine Book 2010/11 2010
92
James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
Deep colour; full-bodied, powerful palate with blackberry, prune, plum and some savoury notes; should repay extended cellaring.
Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
90
Jeremy Oliver (2006 Vintage) says
Honest and generous, with a ripe, jammy expression of red and black berries, cassis, plums and sweet, lightly toasty vanilla oak and meaty, mocha-like undertones. Soft and juicy, its forward, approachable palate has a gentle structure and a lingering finish of dark fruits, cloves and licorice. Just lacks the length and intensity for a higher rating.
Australian Wine Annual 2010 2009
95
Campbell Mattinson (2006 Vintage) says
The best thing about these Pepperjack reds is that they're widely distributed, and so shouldn't be hard to find. They're almost always good, but I'm particularly taken by these 2006s. 2006 RELEASE For delivery of ripe, dark, satisfying red wine flavour, it's hard to pass this by. It's a soft, cuddly, welcoming red wine, rich with blackberry and chocolate-like flavour and then warm and creamy through the finish. I think the technical term is 'winter warmer'. This hits the spot just right. DRINK 2008-2015.
The Big Red Wine Book 2008
91
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
Deep, dense purple-red; abundant blackberry and prune fruit coupled with some licorice; overall tannin and oak extract well-handled.
Australian Wine Companion 2008 2007
91
James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says
A seductive, succulent red wine, the viognier Gold medal Sydney Wine Show '06.
Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006
94
Jeremy Oliver (2004 Vintage) says
A typically honest, generous and slightly jammy Barossa shiraz with a minty, menthol-like fragrance of sweet red berries, plums and cedar/vanilla oak. Its bright, vibrant palate of sweet red and black berry confiture and sweet oak is framed by firmish, fine tannins, finishing long and persistent.
Australian Wine Annual 2007 2006
89
James Halliday (2003 Vintage) says
Medium-bodied; mainstream Barossa style; supple blackberry fruit and vanilla all merge.
Australian Wine Companion 2006 2005
89
James Halliday (2002 Vintage) says
Rich, warm blackberry, plum and chocolate; soft, ripe tannins; positive oak.
Australian Wine Companion 2006 2005
92

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