The majority of fruit for this wine was sourced from the Peppertree Vineyard (Watervale), with the remainder coming from a few select vineyards in the wider Clare Valley - the blend giving a classic regional feel to the wine.
The fruit was fermented using wild yeasts, in small batches, in several, small open-top fermenters. A portion of the fruit was left as whole bunches, providing a lifted and aromatic component to the wine. Post ferment the wine spent around 18 months in large format French oak barrels (500L puncheons and 3,000L foudres) of varying ages. The wine was unfined and only lightly filtered prior to bottling. Once bottled it was left to age at the winery for a few more years before release. The finished wine is 14% alcohol and sealed with screwcap.
"Medium deep crimson. Lifted cranberry, redcurrant, blueberry, sage aromas with dark chocolate, vanilla notes. Gentle cranberry, redcurrant, blackberry chinotto flavours, fine loose knit slinky bittersweet textures and underlying vanilla with a hint of ginger oak. Finishes chalky firm with plentiful fruit sweet notes. Very attractive, medium bodied style with controlled tannins and lovely mid palate richness. Drink now – 2028 14% alc."
93 points, Andrew Caillard MW.
"A long time favourite of many red lovers, this Peppertree Vineyard Shiraz is another very fine release from the line-up, the first of which was way back with the 1984 vintage. There is a little whole bunch used in the preparation of this wine, which is presumably what contributes to the ever-so-slight brambly note it offers. Fermentation is with wild yeasts, after which the wine spends 18 months in French oak barrels before bottling. The colour of the wine is a deep red with flickers of purple throughout. It is immediately evident that there is some complexity here. Aromas of red fruits, chocolate, spices, cloves and florals. The palate is tight, yet supple, and offers good balance throughout its very long length, finishing with slightly gritty tannins. Certainly up for drinking now but it will sail through another decade in the cellar, if you can resist."
92 points, Ken Gargett, Wine Pilot.