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View details Peppertree Wrattonbully Shiraz 2012
$ 16.99 Peppertree Wrattonbully Shiraz 2012
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Shiraz / Wrattonbully / SouthAustralia
Pepper Tree have strayed from their wineworks at Pokolbin to secure harvests of Terra Rossa Shiraz which are second to none. The team know from good fruit and have a good eye for terroir, their splendid vines planted to Wrattonbully's Gravels Block grow a superior quality of Shiraz, characterized by controlled power and stealthy tannins. Flavour maps which have been generated for the vineyard demonstrate considerable variance, assisting the team to isolate individual sections for the production of a wine exhibiting generosity and charm.
 
View details Peppertree Cabernet Sauvignon 2013
$ 16.99 Peppertree Cabernet Sauvignon 2013
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CabernetSauv / Wrattonbully Coonawarra / SouthAustralia
Pepper Tree are traditionally crafted from choice parcels of fruit which can best display heightened varietal character and a sense of place. Wrattonbully adjoins the famous Coonawarra and shares many of her sister's viticultural endowments. Fashioned to be a true expression of the terroir whence it originates, Pepper Tree is a generously flavoured Cabernet Sauvignon with all the warmth and charm that defines the natural endowments of Wrattonbully's rich Terra rossa soils.
 
View details Pepper Tree Wrattonbully Merlot 2014
$ 16.99 Pepper Tree Wrattonbully Merlot 2014
Merlot / Wrattonbully / SouthAustralia
Wrattonbully makes Merlot of exceptional character and flavour, arguably the finest and most consistent annual yields in Australia. The wines are distinctive for their blueberry, plum and mint character, sound structure and velvet tannins. Pepper Tree's Merlot vines are fortuitously planted to heavier clay soils at the toe of the main Wrattonbully dune, as heavy clays have proved to be the best soils for Merlot in its traditional home of Bordeaux. A soft and rich, profoundly fruit driven Merlot wine with more power and weight of varietal flavour than most.
 
View details Pepper Tree Strandlines Grand Reserve 2006
$ 59.99 Pepper Tree Strandlines Grand Reserve 2006
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CabernetSauv Shiraz / Wrattonbully / SouthAustralia
Strandlines are ancient dunes which mark the retreating oceanfront from what is now Naracoorte Range in Wrattonbully. This unique topography harbours the famed Terra Rossa topsoils over Gambier limestone. The significant value of these soils for viticulture lies in the near perfect drainage they provide, leading to small crops of wonderfully intense fruit. When vintage conditions are considered to be at their optimum, Pepper Tree assemble a wine from their finest barrels of Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz to be bottled into the flagship Strandlines.
 
View details Pepper Tree Semillon Sauvignon 2015
$ 16.99 Pepper Tree Semillon Sauvignon 2015
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SauvBlanc Semillon / Hunter & Tamar Valley / NewSouthWales
A core of resplendent Hunter Valley Semillon with a slightly smaller portion of Orange grown fruit, assembled into a tightly integrated, stylish white of soft textures and crisp refreshing fruit. Pepper Tree is through and through, a Hunter Valley operation which postulates that grapes grown ouside of their locale should be explored. So what could be better than the elegance and finesse of Hunter Valley Semillon matched with a vibrantly aromatic and exhileratingly flavoured component of Sauvignon Blanc, picked off the splendid climes of the New South Wales highlands.
 
Although Pepper Tree winery is sited in the Hunter Valley and founded as a Hunter Valley winery, the winemakers believe that grapes grown in other regions exhibited characters that should be explored

Over the years Pepper Tree have acquired vineyards in the Orange, Wrattonbully and Coonawarra growing areas to enable the winemaker production of varietal wines that either did not grow as well in the Hunter Valley, or are different expressions of a particular varietal that are of interest to connoisseurs of fine wines. The character and complexity reflected in the Appellation wines are an expression of diverse vineyard resources. A second is the balance and elegance in the Multi-Regional range of varietals. These are blends of a varietal wine made from grapes grown at two or more of vineyards that vary from year to year. All Pepper Tree wines are produced, aged and bottled at the winery.

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The Hunter Valley is one of Australia's best white wine areas and consistently wins a disproportionate number of awards in National Wine Shows. Pepper Tree's Hunter Valley vineyard is in the Mount View area of the Lower Hunter Valley in the sheltered foothills of the Brokenback Range and covers 38.5 ha of plantings made up of 16.5 ha Chardonnay, 2.5 ha Verdelho, 3.7 ha Semillon, 7.5 ha Shiraz, 1 ha Viognier, 1 ha Sauvignon blanc, 3 ha Merlot, 2.4 ha Cabernet, 0.5 ha Grenache and 0.5 ha Pinot Noir.

The Mount View area produces highly distinctive Chardonnay with flavours of melon, passionfruit and pineapple. Verdelho also performs well in the area with soft tropical fruit characters balanced by good natural acidity. Semillon has the usual lime-citrus characters with flavours being at the higher end for the variety. Shiraz from the area is typically soft, spicy and elegant with a perfumed bouquet.

Shiraz from a good vintage will age favourably for many years

The Orange region of New South Wales is one of Australia's newest premium regions being favoured for its high altitude cool climate. Situated approximately 270 km west of Sydney the topography and soils of the Orange region are dominated by the extinct volcano Mt Canobolas. Pepper Tree's Orange vineyard sits in a small subvalley protected on 3 sides with a sunny northerly aspect. Elevations vary from 740m to 800m and the site is capable of ripening all the main red varieties as well as Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. Cabernet, Merlot & Shiraz all produce wines with deep red colours and intense palate complexity.

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The wines from Pepper Tree's Orange vineyard typically have a lighter more elegant structure than those of warmer areas with light lifted fruit acids lengthening the palate. In addition to the main red varieties, small blocks of Pinot Noir (for sparkling base) & Zinfandel have been planted. Zinfandel produces rich spice and berry characters with crimson red colours. This variety seems well suited to the Orange region and the wines show great promise.

Coonawarra is Australia's top red wine area specialising in Cabernet Sauvignon of great complexity and elegance. Pepper Tree's Coonawarra vineyard comprises 8 ha of Cabernet and 4 ha of Merlot and is located midway between the town of Penola & Coonawarra. Soils consist of thin dark brown to dark grey clays interspersed with broken limestone fragments. The shallow soils restrict vigour and this, coupled with rigorous canopy management, allows the vignerons to control berry size and bunch numbers and thus eventual crop load. This control of crop level and berry size gives the winemakers the best possible starting material with which to create premium red wines.

Wrattonbully adjoins the Coonawarra area in the southern part of the Limestone Coast wine zone

Pepper Tree's Wrattonbully vineyard covers 100ha of plantings, mainly Cabernet (48 ha) Merlot (23 ha) and Shiraz (20 ha). Cabernet is planted on the highest dune areas where Terra Rossa soils overlie shallow limestone. Individual blocks are given separate canopy management, cropping structure and moisture control according to soil depth which can vary from a few centimetres to over 1 metre.

Flavour maps constructed for the vineyard have shown considerable variability for both Cabernet and Shiraz, and have allowed the winemakers to isolate individual sections of the vineyard to produce parcels of outstanding quality. Merlot is planted on heavier clay soils at the toe of the main dune as heavy clays have proved best for Merlot in its traditional homeland.

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Shiraz is grown on red soils with gravelly ironstone layers on the lower slopes of the dune. The dominant characters of the wine are its spicy white pepper flavours and exceptional palate length. Pepper Tree's Wrattonbully Chardonnay is grown on a section of deep sandy loam soils which allow strong, even growth with very little supplementing watering. Despite its proximity to Coonawarra, the Wrattonbully area has only been planted to vineyards in the last 30 years with most of its vineyards less than 10 years old. The quality of the wines produced to date from relatively young vines indicates that the area will very soon challenge its more famous neighbour to the south.

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