This is one of those kitchen sink blends. They throw everything into the mix other than the kitchen sink 🙂 See below for the list. Interesting to see Austrailia growning Tempranillo, a tradional Spanish grape. Inky dark in color with a mild nose of black berries. On the mid palet the wine displays some firm black berries. The shiraz is shining through. On the mid pallet the wine displays some nice peppery notes along with some firm tannins and acidity. This is a nice wine despite the blend. I would give it an 88-89. You can easily pair this with some heavy meats and it will definitely hold it’s own. Quite a nice wine.
From the LCBO web site:
Pepperjack Red 2012 — VINTAGES#: 393801
Fresh and lively, this offers precise flavors and fine-grained tannins, with lingering raspberry, dark plum and floral notes. Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec, Grenache, Sangiovese, Cabernet Franc and Tempranillo. Drink now through 2019. Score – 91. (Harvey Steiman, winespectator.com, May 31, 2014) $24.95
From the winery’s web site:
Harvest Date: March – May 2012 pH: 3.6 Acidity: 6.4g/L Alcohol: 14.44% Residual Sugar: 1.0g/L
Bottling Date: August 2013
Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec, Grenache, Sangiovese, Cabernet Franc, Tempranillo
This wine was matured in a combination of French and American oak for 12 months.