“This is splendidly ripe and perfumed on the nose showing dark plum, spiced
cherry, floral and olive notes with nuances of clove and almond. The palate
displays excellent concentration and fruit intensity, while remaining elegant
and poised. Wonderfully composed and styled, promising to develop graceful
complexity. At its best: now to 2029 94 Points”. — Sam Kim, Wine Orbit
The grapes for this wine are from the vineyard of Carmine and Marina Pepicelli,
near Lobethal in the Adelaide Hills. At 480 metres this is one of the highest
Shiraz vineyards in the region. It is located on a gentle north facing slope
giving an ideal aspect with maximum sunlight exposure.
In a quest for complexity, the grapes were fermented in two batches.
One featured 50% whole bunches with normally crushed fruit as the
balance while the other contained 50% whole berries.
This produced wine of two different styles one, well-structured with an
attractive carbonic ‘lift’ and the other rich, soft and textured.
They were matured separately in French oak barriques (35% new). After
a rigorous barrel selection the wine was blended and bottle In March 2020.