Pepperjack was first released in 1998 with a 1996 Barossa Shiraz. After spending five years exclusively in bars, clubs and restaurants Pepperjack has gone from strength to strength, with the Barossa Shiraz a real Aussie favourite. Since its release Pepperjack Shiraz has consistently received the honour of being Australia’s Number 1 red wine by value.
Rich dark red and blue fruits, ripe blackberries, dark chocolate and rich mocha notes are enveloped by hints of spice and integrated oak. The palate is rich and plush with concentrated layers of blackberry, blue fruits and oak, balanced with soft layers of tannins to give length and finesse.
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The nose shows rich concentrated blue and black fruits, dark chocolate and hints of mocha and savoury oak notes.
The palate is rich and plush with good structure. There is a concentrated layers of blackberry, blue fruits and oak which is balanced with soft layers of tannins to give length and finesse while finishing soft and full of flavour.
Just one hour’s drive from South Australia’s capital, Adelaide, lies its gourmet capital (and wine Mecca), Barossa. One of the country’s most beautiful and historic wine regions, Barossa is a magnet for lovers of fine food and wine. Its classic Mediterranean climate, and free-draining red brown soils, makes the region ideal for growing grapes. Barossa produces excellent Shiraz, Cabernet, Grenache, Mourvèdre, Riesling and Semillon.
The 2017 growing seasoned for the Barossa started with a wetter than average winter and spring. This, combined with below average temperatures in December, January and February, resulted in a later harvest than we've seen in many years. With the good soil moisture and cooler temperatures the grapes ripened more slowly, enabling a gradual accumulation of sugars and flavours, producing full flavoured wines which retained their natural acidity and freshness.
Growing up in the Barossa Valley, winemaker Richard Mattner was never far from wine. His grandfather's vineyard at the highly-regarded Light Pass district was Richard's playground during the school holidays. Upon leaving school, Richard gained employment as a cellar hand and began a career in the wine industry in 1993. Richard was destined to be a winemaker and in 2004 he graduated from Charles Sturt University with Bachelor of Applied Science (Wine Science). Richard says winemaking is an art and just another way of creatively expressing himself. In addition to his passion for red wine, Richard has a keen interest in all things sports and loves nothing more than to relax with friends and enjoy a char-grilled scotch fillet on the barbeque perfectly matched with a bottle of wine, of course.