94 points: Bright crimson-purple; full-bodied wine, with strong blackberry fruit and robust tannins; needs time, but should come through well. (James Halliday, James Halliday’s Australian Wine Companion 2010)
Alcohol Content: 14.3%
Barrel-aging: 18 months in French oak
Winemaker: Andrew Mitchell
Winemaker’s Notes: The wines take their names from the old pepper tree, which grows in the Shiraz vineyard at Watervale.
Aromas: It is a happy coincidence that the nose and palate of the Pepper Tree Shiraz show the spicy peppery characters of high class Shiraz.
Flavours: The wine is full flavoured and has a soft, almost velvety palate, which makes the wine very easy to drink in its youth. The underlying quality and structure of the wine gives it the capacity, however, to mature and improve for many years in the cellar.