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Pepper Tree Wines Ltd Release Range Zinfandel Rouge 2004

Winemaker's Notes:

DISTRICT: Orange VARIETIES: Zinfandel 100% MATURATION: The grapes were handpicked quite late and very ripe. Following transport to the Hunter, the fruit was crushed and fermented in open fermenters with constant hand plunging.Oak matured in one & two year old American & French oak casks for a period of 12 months. Older oak was used for maturation to avoid dominant new oak characters disturbing the wines balance. VINEYARD/SOIL: 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. The present day peak of the mountain is at 1400m and vineyards in the region are planted at elevations as high as 1100m with the lowest elevations in the region being 600m. Soils in the central part of the region are derived from the basaltic lavas of the old volcano, and primarily consist of deep red to brown free draining clay loams. NOTES: The wine has a deep brick red colour with purple tinges and a very complex aroma of ripe black cherries, licquorice and freshly dried tobacco leaf. The over-riding character through both the nose and palate is reminiscent of Black Forest Cake with masses of flavour sitting in a complex series of layers that reveal themselves as the wine sits in the glass. A superb example of the from an emerging cool climate region. Winemaker: Chris Cameron

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Color: Red
Varietal: Zinfandel
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DISTRICT: Orange VARIETIES: Zinfandel 100% MATURATION: The grapes were handpicked quite late and very ripe. Following transport to the Hunter, the fruit was crushed and fermented in open fermenters with constant hand plunging.Oak matured in one & two year old American & French oak casks for a period of 12 months. Older oak was used for maturation to avoid dominant new oak characters disturbing the wines balance. VINEYARD/SOIL: 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. The present day peak of the mountain is at 1400m and vineyards in the region are planted at elevations as high as 1100m with the lowest elevations in the region being 600m. Soils in the central part of the region are derived from the basaltic lavas of the old volcano, and primarily consist of deep red to brown free draining clay loams. NOTES: The wine has a deep brick red colour with purple tinges and a very complex aroma of ripe black cherries, licquorice and freshly dried tobacco leaf. The over-riding character through both the nose and palate is reminiscent of Black Forest Cake with masses of flavour sitting in a complex series of layers that reveal themselves as the wine sits in the glass. A superb example of the from an emerging cool climate region. Winemaker: Chris Cameron

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